UPLAND, Ind. – After the first day of competition at the 2017 Crossroads League Track & Field Championships, the Spring Arbor University women's track and field team sits in fourth place in the team standings with 45.5 points. The men's squad is currently in eighth place with 17 points.
Sophomore Katrina Tovar captured the triple jump title to lead the way for the Cougars. Her jump of 37' 0.25" (11.28m) shattered her own school record by nearly two feet. Junior Bethany Kuenzer also turned in a record-setting performance in the pole vault, clearing 12' 1.5" (3.70m).
Taylor University currently leads the women's team rankings with 67.5 points and Bethel College sits atop the men's rankings with 78.3 points.
EVENT: Crossroads League Track & Field Championships
TEAM STANDINGS: Men 8th/10; Women 4th/10
LOCATION: Taylor University | Upland, Ind.
- Kevin Smith scored in three events for Spring Arbor to rack up 11 points. He finished third in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 44' 5.5" (13.55m), which also ranks as the third-best performance in program history.
- Smith would also go on to finish sixth in the long jump (22' 3.75") and seventh in the pole vault (12' 5.5").
- Daniel Garza also earned points for the Cougars in the 10,000 meter run. Garza completed the race in 32:15.04 – just seven seconds behind the winner.
- In addition to winning the triple jump, Tovar also scored in the long jump and pole vault. She grabbed third place in the long jump (17' 5.5") and fourth in the pole vault (11' 9.75").
- Bethany Kuenzer also had a huge day for the Cougars with a record-setting performance in the pole vault. The junior from Pittsford, Michigan cleared 12' 1.5" (3.70m), which ranks as the best performance in SAU history. The mark currently ranks 10th in the country.
- Two more field athletes secured points for SAU. Liz Brueggeman finished third in the triple jump with a jump of 35' 6.5" (10.83m), which also would have broken the previous school record, but now ranks second all-time at SAU behind Tovar's performance. Ryann Laier placed seventh in the discus throw with a mark of 123' 4" (37.60m).
- On the track, Caitlin Clark and Hannah Hoffmann finished second and seventh, respectively, in the 10,000. Clark turned in a 39:14.70 while Hoffmann crossed the finish line in 40:29.40.
- The 4x800 relay team, consisting of Alexandra Garcia, Diana Dvorak, Megan Jones and Lydia Haavisto, finished eighth in 10:43.90.
Spring Arbor will complete the final day of the Crossroads League Championships on Saturday, May 7 with action beginning at 1:30 p.m.