Grace College Lancers officially hosted its first track and field meet on Saturday with the inaugural Lancer Invitational. A wet, memorable afternoon debuted Grace’s new Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex in front of a strong contingent of fans, despite heavy rain for most of the meet.
The Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is a state-of-the-art design that features a nine-lane, 400-meter competition track with the ability to run sprints in either direction, depending on the wind. The complex includes discus and hammer throw cages, high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities, long jump pits, javelin throw and shot put event areas, and grandstand seating for 400.
The Grace men’s team won the event, while the women finished second out of five teams. Also competing in the meet were Crossroads League opponents Goshen, Huntington and St. Francis as well as Trinity Christian.
“Despite the weather not being ideal, I’m very proud of how hard we competed. Today was a significant milestone in the history of our program, and I thought our athletes honored the occasion by putting forth some great efforts,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond.
Saturday’s meet was also unique in that every race winner set a track record at the new complex.
The hammer was a strong event for Grace by as the Lancers claimed the top-five spots, including Isaac Stuckey in second at 164-8. Stuckey also won the javelin at 151-8.
Martin Schiele had a busy day. He was on the winning 4×100 relay team alongside Cameron Johnson, Joel Zook and Austin Keisling. Schiele also won the 200 in 23.17 seconds and was second in the 100 dash.
“I thought Bennett [Parker] clearing the two-meter mark in the high jump and Joel [Zook] breaking the 50-second barrier in the 400 were big-time performances, especially considering the conditions. It was also impressive for Macallister [Seitz] and Jacob [Brown] to throw national qualifying marks in their events. All of our athletes can say they were part of the first track meet ever at Grace College, so that makes it a special day.”
To see complete meet results, click here.
The Lancers now shift their attention to next week’s Crossroads League Championships, held at Taylor University.