Track and field hosts first meet in 8 years

By Jessi Emmert

Levy Francois leads his competitor down the straight away in the 110 meter hurdles (Photo provided).

On the newly renamed and resurfaced, King Track & Field Stadium, the Foresters hosted its first meet April 6. It was the first home meet for the Foresters in 8 years. Both the men’s and women’s teams took fourth place at the event.

Highlights of the meet for the women’s team included junior Cendall Ogle’s first-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:58.38, and sophomore Gretchen Spahr’s second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (18:34.88). Freshman Krista Wood placed third in steeplechase (12:05.08).

Indiana Wesleyan won the event with 200.5 points. IWU was followed by Spring Arbor (165), Grace (91), HU (88), Manchester (83), Trinity Christian (71.5) and Goshen (27).

Freshman Daniel DeBoni led the way for the men with second-place finishes in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. His 100-meter dash time of 11.14 seconds was a new personal record.

Logan Knox took the men’s only first-place finish in the hammer, with a winning toss of 145’02.00.

IWU also took home the men’s title,with 201 points. They were followed by Spring Arbor (153), Manchester (92.5), HU (83), Goshen (80.5), Grace (67) and Trinity Christian (47).

Coach Arthur Wilson said it was a significant day for the Foresters.

“Not having the opportunity to host a home meeting in so many years made this moment very special in the history and trajectory of our men’s and women’s track teams,” he said.

The Foresters also competed at the Little State Championships at IWU April 12-13. Spahr and Ogle both saw strong finishes again, with Spahr placing first in 5,000-meter run (18:12.7) and Ogle placing first in the 800-meter (2:23.5). Ogle also placed second in the 1500-meter run with a personal record (4:51.01).

“We have all worked so hard and pushed each other in every workout and run,” Ogle said. “All of the time and effort we have put in all year is really starting to show.”

The Indiana Little State Championship is comprised of collegiate teams in the state of Indiana from the NAIA, NCAA Division II and Junior College levels.

Not only did Spahr bring home the gold in the 5000-meter run, but her winning time of 18:12.7 also broke the previous school record of 18:24.75 held by Julie Lowe.

The University of Indianapolis won the women’s competition with 227.5 points, followed by Taylor (148), Bethel (119), St. Joseph’s (91), Indiana Wesleyan (89), Vincennes (44), HU (43), Marian (31), Grace (15.5), Goshen (8) and Saint Francis (1).
DeBoni scored over half of the HU men’s points at the ILSC by placing third in the 100-meter dash (11.11) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.81).

The University of Indianapolis won the men’s title with 152 points, followed by Indiana Wesleyan (131), Taylor (115), St. Joseph’s (79), Vincennes (79), Bethel (67), Marian (65.5), Grace (50), Goshen (48.5), HU (18), Saint Francis (5) and Indiana East (5).
The Foresters competed in the unscored Manchester University Invitational April 20, and will host the Crossroads League Championship meet April 27.

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