Lancers represent well at home meet

Monday, April 30

Grace’s men’s track and field team fought through cold, windy conditions to take top team honors at the second annual Lancer Invitational on Saturday at the Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex.

The Lancers came out on top on the men’s side with a team score of 176, while the women placed sixth overall.

Cameron Johnson was most impressive winning the 110-meter hurdles in a blistering time of 15.01 seconds, setting a new school record.

Thomas Hickerson took the windy conditions head-on, winning his second javelin competition of the outdoor season with a PR of 167-feet.

Pictured are Quinn Shelton (left) and Lexi Williams (middle) competing in the 200-meter race on Saturday. Photo credit to Jeff Nycz (Mid-South Images)

Brady Willard, Jonathan Balda and Carter Meyer nearly swept the podium in the 800, finishing second, third and fourth respectively.

The Lancers placed well in the hammer throw, led by a first-place finish from Jacob Brown at 180-9, a runner-up showing from Isaac Stuckey and Walker Hobbs to round out the top three.

Ben Rankin earned a second-place showing in the 5000 at 16:09.34.

In the pole vault, Isaiah Zeller produced a first-place result coming in at 13-11.25.

On the women’s side, a pair of throwers finished on the podium with personal bests in their respective events. Emily Anderson placed second in the javelin with a throw of 107-5, and Brooke Treadway took home third place in the discus with a distance of 117-5.

Quinn Shelton finished fifth in both the 100 (13.27) and 200 (28.30).

Jesse Zvers and Karla Singer were fifth and sixth in the 1500, and Abbie Evans ended sixth in the hammer throw.

“It’s great for our team to get to compete at home. It’s only our second home meet ever, so it’s still a new thing for us,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Despite being a bit windy, we were able to come up with some strong performances, and I think we are peaking just in time for the Crossroads League meet next week.”

The Lancers will turn their attention to the Crossroads League Championships to be held in Indianapolis beginning Thursday.Jordan Noska and Jacob Hammel were also effective in relief for Grace, setting the stage for Brunner’s memorable performance.

Baker was 3-for-6 from the plate with a run and two RBIs, and Anderson was 3-for-7. Haney plated three times and had two hits and two stolen bases, and Mullett had two hits and two runs.

The Lancers end the regular season with two more home dates. Grace hosts Taylor on Monday at 3 p.m. and Bethel on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

by Adam Basinger