LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference track and field continued last week with six of eight squads in action, highlighted by Texas Lutheran hosting Austin College, Dallas, Schreiner, Trinity and other area institutions for the non-scored TLU D3 Challenge.
The ‘Roos turned in several strong performances at the TLU D3 Challenge led by RJ Navarro on the men’s side finishing third in the 5,000-meters race, coming in with a time of 16:13.13, just shy of breaking his own school record. Charlie McIntyre added a seventh-place finish in the same event with a time of 17:21.17. Women’s highlights included Hannah Richards establishing a school record in the mile race, finishing sixth with a time of 5:59.36. Danielle Lozano added a fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meters, dropping more than a minute off her previous best coming in with a time of 20:57.97.
Dallas’ Kevin McGuirk continued to lead the Crusaders men’s program following another PR at the TLU D3 Challenge. McGuirk finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles crossing the line in 58.24. Tomas DePetris also set a PR last Saturday for the Crusaders finishing seventh in the 800-meters with a time of 2:03.83. Anna Wilgenbusch shined in the women’s one-mile run, finishing third with a time of 5:49.93 and set a personal nest in the 5,000-meters crossing the line in 19:34.77.
The Schreiner men were led by Matthew Wilding finishing 16th in the 100-meter dash with a PR time of 11.44. Wilding also turned in a top-20 finish in the 200-meters, finishing 19th crossing the line in 23.57. Joseph Diaz produced a top-five performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 11:26.38. On the women’s side, Kendall Lee crossed the line in the 100-meters in 12th, stopping the clock in 13.83. In field events, Amber Harris produced a pair of top-10 finishes, earning 10th in the long jump (4.13m) and sixth in the triple jump (9.50m).
Paris Foster was a triple winner last Saturday to lead the TLU men’s program. Foster won the 100-meters (10.66), 200-meters (22.08) and the 110-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in 14.62. Caleb Calderon set a new school record in the 5,000-meters following a second-place finish in a time of 15:46.15. Calderon won the mile race in a time of 4:38.77. Dalton Masters won the high jump, clearing 1.97 meters to highlight the field performances. Tia Hart broke the school record in the women’s javelin, a record that had stood since 1982, with a winning throw of 41.14 meters. Hart also finished third in the shot put with a toss of 10.40 meters, while Dejah Carr won the event with a mark of 11.23 meters. Carr also won the hammer (42.38m) and finished second in the discus (37.09m). Finally, Ashlee Hooks took top honors in the high jump, clearing 1.57 meters. On the track, Ashley Myers was a double winner, taking home gold in both the 100- (12.18) and 200-meters (25.34). Ashley Rynard won the 400-meters, breaking the tape in 58.90.
Trinity also enjoyed a record-breaking day at the TLU D3 Challenge. Peyton Tuggle broke the school record in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.68 seconds to finish second overall. Naim Barnett won the men’s triple jump with a mark of 14.20 meters, the third best mark in program history. Tanner Lacy emerged as the men’s pole vault champion with a height of 4.39 meters and the men’s 4x100-meter relay team won gold with a time of 41.74 seconds. On the women’s side, Allison Hill won both the mile (5:36.68) and 800-meter (2:31.44) races, while Abigail Bannon-Schneebeck took gold in both the 100-meter (15.27) and 400-meter hurdles (1:04.71). The Tiger’s posted four individual victories in field events as Mia Loseff captured the pole vault (3.48m), Stella Affognon scored top honors in the discus (39.51m), Androniki Defteraiou won the long jump (4.99m) and Andy Garza was victorious with her mark of 10.92 meters in the triple jump.
Trinity also sent a small contingent of athletes to compete at the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice last Friday. Highlights included Brianna Ratliff posting a personal-best time of 18:16.13 for ninth-place in the women’s 5,000-meters and Luke Hippensteel also turning in a ninth-place finish in the 1,500-meters with a PR time of 4:05.02.
Southwestern also competed last week, traveling to Alabama for its spring break training trip competing at the Island Meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The men finished with 116 total points to finish second out of four squads while the women compiled 81 points and finished third of five teams. Devin Rosas led the field contingent for the Pirates on the men’s side, winning the high jump (1.85m) and finishing third in the long jump (6.34m). John Hattan turned in a gold medal performance in the 5,000-meters to lead the men on the track side, breaking the tape in 16:07.84. Women’s field highlights included Jaelynn Stewart taking home third in the shot put with a mark of 11.54 meters, the top Div. III finisher at the meet. Erica Robuck finished fourth in the 100-meters, stopping the clock in 13.19 and ran the anchor leg on the second-place 4x400-meter relay that clocked in at 4:14.94, just .6 second off the school record to highlight the Pirate women on the track.
SCAC Track and field continues this week as Colorado College and JWU return to action at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Meet, while Trinity will host Southwestern and TLU for its home Texas Quad meet.