MARION, Ind. – Following the first day of competition at the Crossroads League Track & Field Championships, held at Indiana Wesleyan University, the Spring Arbor University women's team sits in fifth place with 28.25 points and the men in ninth with seven points.
Bethel College currently owns the top spot in the team standings on the women's side with 55.75 points. Indiana Wesleyan and Marian University follow with 54.5 and 48.
Marian is in first in the men's standings with 80 points with Bethel and Indiana Wesleyan rounding out the top three. Bethel has 63 points and IWU has 52.
Freshman Katrina Tovar was the first Cougar to earn All-Crossroads League honors with her third place finish in the pole vault. Tovar cleared a personal-best 11' 9.75" (3.60m), which ranks third all-time at SAU. Although she just missed a spot on the All-League Team, sophomore Bethany Kuenzer still picked up points in the event with her fourth place finish with a mark of 11' 1.75" (3.40m).
In addition to her performance in the pole vault, Tovar scored in the long jump, finishing fourth with a leap of 16' 11.25" (5.16m).
Also earning points for the Cougars were Leslie Tanis, Ryann Laier and Marisa DeCamp. Tanis took fourth in the shot put with a heave of 37' 3.25" (11.36m) while Laier placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 121' 7" (37.07m). DeCamp cleared a personal-best 4' 9" (1.45m) in the high jump to grab seventh place.
On the track, three Cougars punched their tickets to tomorrow's final in the 100 meter hurdles, including Kuenzer who shattered the school record in the event with a time of 15.30. Katherine Hiller ran a season-best 15.91 and Tovar clocked in at 16.53.
Mycah Ridder will be moving on to the final in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash as well. Ridder turned in a personal-best 12.46 in the 100 – a time that ranks second in program history – and posted a 26.14 in the 200.
On the men's side, Kevin Smith and Mitchell Jurek earned points for Spring Arbor in the pole vault. Smith finished seventh while Jurek took eighth with both athletes clearing 12' 3.50" (3.75m). Smith would also score in the long jump, taking sixth place in the event with a leap of 21' 11.50" (6.69m).
Joshua Smith advanced to Friday's final in the 110 meter hurdles. Smith placed second in the preliminaries with a time of 14.94. Kenan Swihart and Mitch Hession also qualified for tomorrow's race with times of 15.50 and 15.99, respectively.
Alex Lodes advanced to the final in the 100 and 200. Lodes posted a 10.93 in the 100 and a 22.28 in the 200.
The championship meet will conclude on Friday, Apr. 29. Action is set to begin from the campus of Indiana Wesleyan at 10 a.m.