The SVSU track and field teams hosted the Doug Hansen Open on Friday, Jan. 18.
The meet. which included Division 1 teams, put the Cardinals to the test and gave the athletes the best chance to show their improvements in the first big meet of the year. SVSU posted several top finishes for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Last week’s GLIAC Field Athlete of the week, senior thrower Ryan Kelly, did not participate in Friday’s meet, but he was excited to see what type of numbers his teammates would post.
“(I’m) really excited to see what our squad is going to do,” Kelly said prior to the meet. “(Freshman) Ali Aldrich is pretty close to qualifying, and our runners have been working hard all week for (Friday).”
Aldrich ended up placing first in shot put with a distance of 13.82 meters, which was a provisional mark for her.
Other notable finishes for the Cards included Allison Dorr placing first in the mile run with a time of 5:08.85. Her teammate, Jenna Keiser, finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.02.
On the men’s side, Travon Phillips posted a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a preliminary mark of 6.96 and a finals mark of 6.89. Phillips came away pleased with his mark.
“(It) was great to see my hard work pay off from the week of work we had,” Phillips said. “Next week I’ll look to improve even further.”
Parker Eisengruber led a pack of five Cardinals in the top 10 of the 1-mile run with a finishing time of 4:15.41.
Head coach Rod Cowan was overall happy with the performance of his athletes.
“(I) expected big performances from the team (Friday), and they proved themselves (Friday),” Cowan said. “There’s always room to improve so next week we’ll look to improve even further.”
The Cardinals will host the Jet’s Pizza invitational next week, a two-day event starting Friday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m.
Reported from Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter