Track starts off on the right foot

Track starts off on the right foot


Sports Editor

It didn’t take long for Goshen College’s track and field teams to get off to a fast start in their 2017 season, as the opening weekend showcased a record breaking performance and a pair of national qualifiers.

Goshen College hosted the Doug Yoder Race Walk inside the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center on Saturday morning, where Siana Emery, a first-year, and Sawyer Biddle, a junior, each earned qualifying bids to the national meet which will take place in Johnson City, Tennessee in early March. Emery finished third among women with a time of 16:01.62 and Biddle turned in a time of 14:31.04, which was good for fourth among men.

The rest of the team competed at Trine University in the Keith Turner Alumni Invitational on Saturday, where Lindon McDonald, a first-year, quickly made his mark. McDonald’s 7.18 second time in the 60-meter was enough to set the school record. While his record-setting time came in the preliminary round, McDonald’s 7.21 mark in the final earned him a first-place finish. McDonald also claimed first in the high jump. Ryan Smith, a senior, claimed first-place in the mile with a time of 4:25.64. McDonald and Smith’s top finishes were joined by the Maple Leafs’ 4×400 team of Luke Graber, a senior, Abe Medellin and Darius Rawlins, sophomores, and Josh Bustos, a junior, who claimed the top spot in that competition.

The Goshen women saw Caitlin Hughey, a junior, and Nora Rangel, a first-year, finish as the highest placing Maple Leaf individuals with fourth place finishes apiece: Hughey in the 300 meter with a time of 47.44 and Rangel in the 600 meter at 1:48.23. The Maple Leafs’ 4×400 relay team of Mara Beck, a sophomore, Chelsea Foster, a first-year, Rangel and Hughey claimed third place with a time of 4:38.88. Ginyce Haywood, a senior, recorded a personal best in the 60 meter with a time of 8.82, while Foster and Megan Graves, a senior, each set career bests in the mile with times of 5:38.68 and 6:07.92 respectively.

The Maple Leafs will be back in action this coming Saturday, Jan. 21, when they compete at the Mike Lints Alumni Open in Allendale, Michigan.

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