MARION, Ind. – The Spring Arbor University men's and women's track & field teams both finished in seventh place at the 2016 Crossroads League Track & Field Championships on Friday at Indiana Wesleyan University. The men tallied 33 points in the meet while the women totaled 70.25.
Marian University won the men's team title for the third consecutive year with 236 points. Bethel College and Indiana Wesleyan University rounded out the top three with 174 and 154 points.
Indiana Wesleyan was the women's champion for the third year in a row collecting 173.5 points. Taylor University followed in second with 151.5 and Marian took third with 121.
Four Cougars earned All-Crossroads League honors on the final day of competition, including Katrina Tovar, who also posted an All-League and NAIA A standard performance in the pole vault on Thursday. The freshman from Sandusky, Michigan placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 35' 3.75" (10.76m).
In addition to Tovar, Bethany Kuenzer, Austin Hickerson and Joshua Smith took home All-League hardware. Kuenzer finished third in the 100 meter hurdles final with a time of 15.37. Hickerson grabbed third in the men's 400 meter dash, running the fifth-fastest time in program history with a 49.49. Smith recorded a third place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, turning in a time of 15.06.
The Cougar women had several other standout performances on the track. Mycah Ridder earned points in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Ridder ran a 12.80 in the 100 and a personal-best 26.02 in the 200. Jaydn Fuerst and Katherine Hiller also posted PR's in the 400 meter dash and 400 meter hurdles, respectively. Fuerst clocked in at 1:00.26 in the 400 while Hiller ran a 1:08.80 in the 400 hurdles.
Highlighting the field events was Grace Sallee's record breaking performance in the hammer throw. Sallee smashed her own school record with a mark of 133' 3" (40.63m). Leslie Tanis and Courtney Sandford would also turn in PR's in the event with throws of 117' 4" (35.77m) and 100' 0" (30.49m), respectively. Tovar, Kuenzer and Liz Brueggeman all posted top seven finishes in the triple jump.
Kevin Smith not only scored on the track, but also in the triple jump. Smith finished in sixth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.71 while leaping 42' 0" (12.80m) to take sixth in the triple jump.
Spring Arbor will compete in the Hillsdale College Classic on May 11-12 in its final meet before the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 26-28.