Grace College’s track and field team tackled the 2020 Crossroads League Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, taking place Friday and Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.
The Lancers enjoyed one of the best indoor weekends in program history with 11 NAIA qualifying performances, including 10 alone on Saturday.
Grace amassed 15 All-League honorees and set five school records in a weekend to remember.
“This team stepped up to the challenge of competing in one of the best conferences in the NAIA. They met and even exceeded many of our expectations for the meet,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Many individuals contributed to our team’s success, and we are excited for what lies ahead the rest of the season.”
One year ago, Grace’s men’s team scored 49 points in the league championship, while the women scored 15 points.
This year, the men’s squad placed fourth with 93 points, and the women finished sixth with 60 points.
Next up, Grace will continue postseason competition with the 2020 NCCAA National Championships on Friday and Saturday at Cedarville University.
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DAY ONE RESULTS
On Friday’s opening day of competition, Grace set multiple school records and had one All-League event.
John Green set a school record in the 60 dash. He crossed the finish line in 6.95 seconds to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Kyle Smith finished fifth in the 600 with a time of 1:23.49, William Shafer was seventh in the weight throw (48-feet-9), and Connor Kitson sits in sixth place halfway through the heptathlon. Kitson’s remaining three events in the heptathlon will wrap up on Saturday.
On the women’s side, Suzanne Sickafoose broke her own school record in the 600, placing fifth in a time of 1:39.80.
Olivia Lugibihl finished the pentathlon in fifth place with a final score of 2,250 points, establishing a new school record.
The 4×800 relay squad of Weslea Arthur, Makenzie Adams, Kaitlyn Mack and Heather Plastow ended in fifth place (10:11.75), and Rylin Bagarus will advance to tomorrow’s final after a prelim time of 9.61 in the 60 hurdles.
DAY TWO RESULTS
Saturday produced a record-breaking group of performances for the Lancers. Grace had three league champion events.
John Green won the 200-meter race with a time of 22.25 seconds, a result that broke the school record and hit the NAIA “A” standard. He was also third in the 60 dash at 7.00.
Lyne Camara won the women’s 200 at 25.46 seconds, which also hit the NAIA “A” standard and set a new school record. Camara finished third in the 60 dash at 7.88 seconds.
Suzanne Sickafoose claimed the 400 title, hitting the NAIA “B” standard at 59.26.
Dylan Felger was the league runner-up in the 400 (49.23), which was a NAIA “A” mark, and he also was third in the 200 (22.44).
The women’s 4×400 hit the NAIA “A” qualifying standard and was the league runner-up. Sickafoose, Campbell, Julia Malson and Camara finished in 3:58.28.