Track & Field Teams Complete Competition at HL Indoors
Feb. 24, 2013
"Our women's team put together a great second day to capture fourth-place on the shoulders of two school records," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I was very pleased with the resiliency they showed after a tiring first day. On the men's side, we stumbled in a few places and just missed the fourth-place finish we had in our sites. This weekend was a good spring board for what we'll see in the outdoor season."
Sophomore Tess Ehrhardt broke the school record (5:06.37) in the 1-Mile Run, just one week after sophomore Rebecca Zaiter set the school standard in the event at the EIU Friday Night Special. Ehrhardt finished second in the field. Freshman Emma Preston (5:04.33), senior Jaime Johnson (5:06.62) and senior Grace Millhorn (5:16.86) also finished in the individual top-10 of the 1-Mile.
The Flames' other school record on the women's side came in the 4x400 meter relay - the combination of Jaime Johnson, Zaiter, Aimee Schuh and Ariel Butzine topped the former school record by more than four seconds, crossing the finishing line in 3:54.42.
Justin Higginbotham returned from a three-week injury, but still took second place in the men's triple jump with a finals leap of 14.77 meters. Gunnar Sterne posted a personal-best time of 1:53.64 in the 800-meter run, placing fourth individually. Additionally, Roy Mwale (48.78 seconds) and Ryan Blackmon (48.94) both secured their best times of the season in the 400-meter, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively.