01/27/2014 – A portion of the track and field team ventured to Findlay University this weekend to compete in the 2014 Findlay Classic. Only 28 members made the trip as the bus that was supposed to leave on Saturday morning never made it to Grand Rapids because of the weather.
The contingent who did get the opportunity to compete made the most of it and had some outstanding performances over the two day event. Highlighting the weekend was the efforts of the men's 4x800 meter relay. The quartet of Luke Hawley, Tom Willet, Adam Cichon and Caleb Teachout bested the field to claim a first place finish and a time of 7:53.03. The time is an automatic qualifier for the Indoor National Championships and currently is the fastest time in the NAIA in the 4x8. The women's 4x8 (Crysta Paganelli, Sydney Anderson, Catie Rietsema and Allison VanPatten) covered the 3200 meters in a time of 9:54.08 to hit the "B" standard for the Indoor Championships.
Competition resumed on Saturday with Teachout claimed first place in the men's 800 meter. Caleb led from wire to wire to record a provisional qualifying mark (1:56.79) in the event. The middle distance men continued to impress as Willet (2:34) and Hawlay (2:35) ran to second and third place finishes in the men's 1000 meter.
The men's distance crew claimed five of the top six spots in the 5k as Dan Foley led the attack claiming first place in a time of 15:30. The women's distance crew was paced by the impressive debuts of Kathy Middaugh in the 5k and Crysta Paganelli in the 3k. Middaugh placed third in the 5k with a time of 18:51, while Paganelli looked right at home in the 3000 placing third in a time of 10:45.