03/06/14 – The opening day of competition is in the books at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Jacob Towne opened the action for the Saints with a 14th place finish (14:59.21) in the 5000 meter. Towne narrowly missed qualifying for the finals and lowered his career best by 19 seconds. The performance was also the fourth fastest indoor 5000 meter in school history.
The women's 4x800 meter took the stage next in an attempt to improve on their 25th place preliminary seed (9:48.65). The quartet of Sydney Anderson, Catie Rietsema, Cara Minto and Crysta Paganelli crushed their previous best en route to a 17th place overall finish in a time of 9:31.50. The men's 4x800 followed the women's with the foursome of Tom Willet, Grant Gunneson, Luke Hawley and Caleb Teachout advancing to Friday's final. The Saints recorded the second fastest time in the prelims (7:36.20) and achieved a new school record in the process.
The men's 4x400 meter relay (Ray Bordeaux, Tyler Johnson, Dionte Williams and Caleb Teachout) also advanced to Saturday's final by posting a time of 3:17.05 which was good enough for #2 All-Time in Aquinas history.
The Saints night concluded with the men running the Distance Medley Relay. The quartet of Adam Cichon, Joe Slomski, Gabe Lundgren and Nick Whise placed 12th with a time of 10:10.87.
Competition at the SPIRE Institute resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m.