Outdoor track and field opens with personal bests

The SVSU men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their outdoor seasons by sending a group of throwers to the Polar Bear Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, March 23, where several saw personal best results.

“It was a good season opener,” said Nick Halabicky, SVSU’s throws coach. “We had quite a few (personal records), so it went well.”

Senior Ryan Kelly kicked off the personal bests in the discus with a throw of 50.06 meters, good enough for second place at the meet. This is an NCAA provisional mark and ranks him eighth in the entire country.

Kelly also took fourth in the shotput with a throw of 16.24 meters.

Recent indoor All-American Lauren Huebner continued her outstanding career as she recorded personal bests in both the shotput, where she placed 10th with a throw of 11.23 meters, and javelin, where she placed third with a throw of 32.56 meters. She also finished tied for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.44 meters.

Freshmen Alicia Aldrich and Emily Droski both had personal bests in the hammer throw with tosses of 43.67 meters, good enough for sixth place, and 34.82 meters, good enough for 14th place. Aldrich also took third in the shotput with a throw of 13.01 meters and Droski added a personal best in the javelin with a throw of 31.60 meters, placing her right behind Huebner in fourth.

Finally, freshman Jacob Netschke had personal bests of his own in the javelin with a throw of 43.93 meters, good for 10th, and in the discus with a throw of 35.71 meters.

The teams compete next weekend at both the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Davenport Select at Davenport University.

Connor Doyle

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