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Track and field earn top fives at Jet’s event

The SVSU Cardinals hosted the Jet’s Pizza Invitational track and field competition on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Cardinals competed well and had top five finishes in several events over the two-day span.

“(Friday), the team performed very well, as I expected them too,” head coach Rod Cowan said. “They worked hard all week, and it showed.”

On the men’s side, Travon Phillips won the 60-meter dash on Friday with a time of 6.94 seconds. Juan Bowers won the 200-meter dash with a 22.35 time. Carter Eckhardt finished right behind him with a time of 22.48.

To round out the men’s top finishes, Jordan Walters took first in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 1:54.44. His teammate, Riley Freeney, placed second in the same competition, posting a time less than a second behind Walters.

On the women’s side, Andriana Higgins won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.92. She also placed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.78.

Capping off her big day, Higgins won the 200-meter dash and tied the school record with a time of 24.99.

Allison Dorr finished first in the 3,000-meter run with a time just under the 10-minute mark, 12 seconds faster than the competition.

To round out the women’s top finishes, Jenna Keiser won the mile run event with a time of 5:02.39.

Cowan was pleased with the results he saw from the team over the weekend.

“(We) had a big day (Friday),” he said. “This meet gave the athletes a realistic look at the conference championships, and they stepped up big time.”

The Cardinals will take a week off before heading across the state to compete in the Grand Valley State University Big Meet on Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.

Reporting by Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter

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