Grace’s track and field team took Lancer Nation to the West Coast this week, competing at the Westmont Sunshine Open on Saturday.
Nathan Lane exceled, taking home a trio of first-place finishes at the meet. He won the mile, the 3000-meter race and anchored the Distance Medley Relay with Tyler Houvener, Joel Zook and Donovan Graham to another first. His time in the mile and the 3000 met the NCCAA qualifying standard.
Mya Brown had three top-three finishes. She placed second in the 60 hurdles, third in the triple jump and was second in the 4×400 relay. The relay team of Katelyn McCullough, Brown, Alicia Hertzler and Jo Boren broke Grace’s school record with a time of 4:09.29.
Additionally, Boren became the first Lady Lancer to beat the one-minute mark in the 400 race, finishing in a school-record time of 59.81.
“It’s been a great trip overall for the group we have in California,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Traveling together helps build team unity and create some great shared memories. That fact that we had some very good performances is a nice bonus.
Graham and Matt Lee were first and second respectively in the 800, and Lee finished in a personal-best time. Zook qualified for NCCAA’s in the 200 at 23.25
Hunter Reed and Brandon Smith had PR’s in the mile, and Megan Gast had her own PR in the women’s mile race.
To see complete results from the meet at Westmont College meet, click here. Note that times were adjusted due to races being run on an outdoor track.
Additionally, several members of Grace’s squad stayed in Indiana and reached PR times at the Anderson University meet, including Paige Kindig’s second place in the pole vault.
The Lancers continue the indoor season next Saturday at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational. The meet at IWU is the final tune-up before NCCAA and NAIA Indoor Nationals.