Track Splits Efforts at Two Weekend Meets

By Josh Neuhart

Grace’s indoor track and field athletes divided their forces this weekend at the IWU Midwest Indoor Classic and the Hillsdale Classic.

Nathan Brown became the first Lancer to ever compete in the heptathlon, scoring a total of 4,330 points at Hillsdale. His scoring total currently ranks 18th in the NAIA. During the heptathlon, Brown increased his own school record in the high jump when he cleared 6 feet 6.75 inches.

Donovan Graham also competed at Hillsdale, winning the open division of the 800-meter race with a personal-best time of 1:58.85. Jonathan Rex finished four seconds behind Graham in the same event.

The majority of Grace’s team traveled to Marion, Ind., to compete at IWU’s indoor meet. The women’s 4×200 relay team bettered their own school record as Jo Boren, Erin Jones, Lindsey Young and Alicia Hertzler finished in 1:50.09 for third place.

Boren went on to post PR’s in the triple jump (33-6.75) and the 200 (27.20), grabbing top-9 finishes in both events.

Lance Taylor was second in the 600 when he crossed the finish line in 1:24.82, just missing the school record by less than a second.

Freshman Brandon Smith had strong showings in both the mile run (4:38.66) and the 3000 (9:35.18), and Jenna McClellan just missed qualifying for NCCAA Indoor Nationals in both the mile and the 3000.

In the weight throw competition, Hannah Treadway had a personal-best toss of 40-0.75 which qualified for NCCAA Nationals, and Caleb Sanders’ throw of 40-8.75 missed qualification by just four inches.

The Lancers will next compete on Friday at the Trine Invitational.