Grace’s track and field team continued its impressive indoor season with several national qualifiers and seven new school records.
The Lancers split their efforts between the IWU Invitational and the Hillsdale Classic on Saturday.
Nathan Brown highlighted Grace’s day at the Hillsdale Classic. Brown placed second overall in the heptathlon, scoring 4,708 points to qualify for NAIA Nationals and set a school record in the process.
At the IWU Invitational, Jo Boren also qualified for NAIA Nationals. She won the 400-meter run, crossing the finish line in a time of 59.11 seconds.
Lance Taylor nearly became Grace’s third NAIA qualifier of the day. He won the 600 race in 1:22.73, missing the NAIA mark by just 0.13 seconds.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress we are making so far in this young season,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “It’s great to see records and personal bests in such a wide variety of events, and we look for even better things as the season progresses.”
Grace’s relay teams set three new school records. The 4×200 team of Cameron Johnson, Joel Zook, Jared Poorman and Austin Keisling took first place in a record time of 1:32.73. The 4×400 foursome of Poorman, Matthew Lee, Johnson and Taylor set the program record in 3:27.59.
The women’s 4×200 also set a school record when Micah Pollard, Boren, Maggie Poorman and Allison Gatchell won the race in 1:47.32.
Raven Arellano met the NCCAA national standard in the 3000 with a school-record time of 11:09.43, and Paige Kindig bettered her own record in the pole vault at 10-feet-5.25. Keisling also upped his school record in the 60 dash with a time of 7.15 seconds.
In the men’s 400, both Zook and Jared Poorman met the NCCAA mark, and Nolan Miller just missed the mark at 52.72.
Additionally, Lee and Sam Hall set personal-best times in the 800, and Maggie Poorman had a PR in the 400 while qualifying for NCCAAs.
The Lancers have one meet remaining before turning their attention to indoor nationals. Grace will travel to Upland, Ind., on Feb. 13 for the Taylor Invitational.