The SVSU track and field teams competed at the Bryan Clay invitational and the Cal State LA Twilight Open in California beginning on Wednesday, April 17, and concluding on Friday, April 19.
Day one saw junior Lauren Huebner competing in the heptathlon. She sat in third place with a score of 3,129 after the competition concluded for the day. She posted times of 24.47 in the 200-meter run and 14.47 in the 100 hurdles, and she added a height of 1.55 meters in the high jump and a distance of 11.26 meters in the shot put.
Day two saw Huebner finishing off her competition with a total score of 5,213 points. She finished off the events with a time of 2:15.59 in the 800-meter run and distances of 17’ 5 1/4 ” in the long jump and 108’ 9” in the javelin throw. These marks were good enough to give Huebner third place overall and secured a new program record for the Cardinals.
Day two also saw several others Cardinals competing in the Cal State LA Twilight Open.
On the women’s side, several freshmen competed for the Cardinals.
Emily Droski placed fourth in the javelin throw with a distance of 110, a new personal best for Droski, and fourth in the discus with a distance of 124-9. Alicia Aldrige placed fifth in the shot put and hammer with distances of 43-4 1/2. Ciera Weber also posted a new personal best in the pole vault with a height of 10-11 3/4 feet.
Sophomore Donna Jean Eschenbacher placed eighth in the long jump with a distance of 17-1 1/4 while sophomore Jaden Liedel also placed eighth in the high jump with a mark of 1.49 meters.
On the men’s side, senior Cordell Richardson found the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.62.
The 4×100-meter relay team made up of freshman Casey Williams, junior Travon Phillips, junior Juan Bowers and junior Carter Eckhardt collectively placed second with a time of 41.75, a half-second short of the program record.
Senior Ryan Kelly had a second-place finish in the discus with a mark of 163-8 while adding a distance of 55 3/4 in the shot put.
Freshman Noah Dooley posted a new personal record in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.97, good enough for third place.
In the 200-meter run, Eckhardt placed fourth with a time of 22.30, while senior Keith Rodriguez placed right behind him in fifth with a time of 22.40.
On day three, both the men and women finished up competition with only a few top-10 finishes.
Kelly put up a new personal record in the discus with a distance of 50.57 meters, good enough for fourth in the event. He also placed sixth in the shot put with a distance of 16.96 meters.
On the women’s side, Aldrich cracked the top-10 in the shot put with a 10th-place finish of 13.40 meters.
The teams will look to continue competition this weekend at the Gina Relays at Hillsdale College and the Calvin Tune-up Meet at Calvin College beginning on Thursday, April 25 and concluding on Saturday, April 27.
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