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Outdoor Season Opens at Bellermine

04/06/2014 – The track & field teams traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in a two-day meet on the campus of Bellermine University.

Highlighting the weekend was the work by the Saints in the women's field events. Lindsay Karpowicz hit the automatic qualifier for Nationals in her first action of the season. The senior from Grandville recorded a discus throw of 149-2, which ranks her fifth nationally. Fellow thrower, Megan Pendelton, also had a big day as she hit the "B" standard (139-6) in the discus and also won the Saturday section of the hammer throw with a toss of 143-3. Senior pole vault specialist, Alicia Dorko, claimed top prize in the women's vault with a provisional qualifying mark of 11-5.75.

Other field event performances of note included Tanin Eckhoff in the long jump and Clay Weidenhamer in the shot put. Eckhoof placed fifth with a jump of 20-11.75, while Weidenhamer placed second with a toss of 47-00.75.

On the track, seven-time All-American Caleb Teachout, bested a field of 36 competitors to win the 400 meter dash (49.01). Both the men's and women's 4x100 meter relays had nice starts to their outdoor seasons as they placed third and fourth respectively. The quartet of Courtney Klawieter, Dana Kolnitys, Marissa Ingersoll and Micaila Rice recorded a 48.97, while Ryan Makinen, Ryan Parminter, Chris Eggenberger and Sam Freeman crossed the line in 42.35.

The distance crew's efforts were highlighted by the personal best performances of Catie Rietsema and Steve Glinski. Rietsema placed 8th in a time of 18:17, while Glinski completed the 5000 meters in a time of 15:08, which earned him a fifth place finish.

The Saints next competition will be on Saturday on the campus of Siena Heights starting at 10 a.m.

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