Grace’s Track & Field Team Enjoys Plethora of Awards at League Championships
Monday, May 8, 2017
The Crossroads League Championships produced 13 All-League performers for Grace’s track and field team on Friday and Saturday.
The meet, held at Taylor University, saw Grace’s men’s team finish fifth and the women end in seventh. The men’s squad finished with 89 points, the most in 15 years. The previous high in that span was 61 points.
Three events resulted in league champions for Grace. Macallister Seitz won the discus in a school record-tying heave of 167-0 feet.
Raven Arellano defended her title in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 18:10.97, and the men’s 4×800 relay team of Hunter Reed, Tyler Houvener, Nathan Lane and Sam Hall won the crown in 7:53.30.
Overall, Grace had 13 individuals earn All-League status (top-three finish). Bennett Parker was the runner-up in the high jump, leaping 6-6, and the men’s 4×400 (Nolan Miller, KeJuan Leek, Sam Hall, Joel Zook) was second in a season-best time of 3:20.01.
Jacob Brown and Isaac Stuckey finished second and third respectively in the hammer throw; Brown’s mark landed at 172-5 with Stuckey’s at 171-9.
Hannah Treadway was Grace’s final All-League honoree. She finished third in the javelin at 117-1.
Treadway also ended in fifth in the discus and sixth in the hammer, both personal-best throws.
Hall finished fourth in the 800 at 1:56.13, and Brown was also fourth in the javelin at 147-7.
Caleb Dudeck (hammer), Zook (400), Brandon Smith (steeplechase) and Caleb Brown (discus) all finished sixth in their respective events. Nolan Miller was fifth in the 400 hurdles with a PR time of 56.72, and William Shafer was seventh in the discus at 132-4.
“The tone was set for us on Friday when the 4×800 team captured first place early in the meet. Macallister [Seitz] followed with a win in the discus, and Bennett [Parker] was runner-up in the high jump,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “I am so pleased with the way we competed in a conference that is getting better every year. To produce 13 All-League performers is a significant accomplishment for our program.”
Next up, the Lancers turn their focus to national tournaments. Grace will send 26 student-athletes to the NCCAA National Championships next weekend in Shawnee, Okla., followed by the NAIA Championships starting May 24