Grace’s track and field team split its efforts in two meets to start the outdoor season on Saturday.
Following one of the best indoor seasons in program history, Grace earned a number of NCCAA qualifiers and even a few school records.
A few student-athletes competed in a field-only meet at Taylor University while the rest were at Butler University for the Butler Bulldog Open.
At Butler, Mya Brown set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.38 seconds to qualify for NCCAA Nationals. She also met the NCCAA standard in the long jump and the triple jump.
Katelyn McCullough (800m), Nathan Lane (1500) and Donovan Graham also were NCCAA qualifiers in their respective events. Joel Zook qualified for NCCAA’s in the 400 with a time of 51.26 and narrowly missed the mark in the 200 at 22.86. Alicia Hertzler produced a pair of PR’s in the 200 (27.67) and the 400 (1:02.67).
At Taylor, Macallister Seitz set a new school record in the hammer throw, heaving it 140-feet-3. Jacob Brown also beat the old school-record mark in the meet by tossing 137-10. Both student-athletes qualified for NCCAA’s.
Macallister Seitz met the NCCAA mark in the discus with a throw of 134-10, and Tyler Back did the same in the shot put at 43-6. Nathan Brown also cleared the NCCAA standard in the high jump with a leap of 6-4.
On the women’s side, Hannah Treadway qualified for NCCAA Nationals in the javelin with a throw of 104-6.
“Overall it was a strong start to our outdoor season. We were missing a few athletes due to minor injuries or illness, but we still produced a couple of school records and several NCCAA qualifiers,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “This gives us something to build off of in the coming weeks.”
The Lancers’ next outdoor meet is on March 28 for the Goshen College Invitational.