01/29/2012 – The men's and women's track & field teams recorded 18 firsts and seven national qualifying performances this weekend.
The Saints competed very well at the Calvin College Invitational. The meet was highlighted by the school record performance of Alicia Dorko in the pole vault. The sophomore from Schoolcraft automatically qualified for the national championships by clearing 11-6. Aquinas also received a big day from thrower Emily Smith who recorded personal bests in both the Weight and Shot. Smith now will compete in both at the Indoor Championships and climbed to #2 All-Time in the Weight (52-2.75) and to #3 All-Time in the Shot (42-5.25). The sprint crew was led by Sam DeStefano and Rumeal McKinney, who both recorded provisional qualifiers in the 200 meters. The pair won their respective events and DeStefano (25.94) established the 4th fastest 200 meter in Aquinas history.
Also claiming first for the Saints were Ryan Helminiak (High Jump & Long Jump), Jordan Gerard (Pole Vault), Joe Stachowicz (Weight Throw), Erika Heston (60 meter hurdles), Brooke Fuller (400 meter), Nate Hicks (400 meter), Joordan Hall (60 meter), Ryan Parminter (60 meter), Zack Potgeter (800 meter) and both the men's & women's mile relays.
The Saints sent mid-distance specialists Nick Thelen, Grant Gunneson, Caleb Teachout, and Dustin Heiler to Geneva, Ohio to hit automatic qualifiers in both the Distance Medley and 4x800 Meter Relay. The quartet succeeded and posted a win in the 4x800 (7:53.69) and a close second in the DMR (10:03.49). The DMR's time is the third fastest in school history and is currently the second fastest time run in the country.
The Saints will continue to prep for the WHAC Championships with a trip to Angola on Friday to compete at the Trine Invitational.