02/10/2013 – The relay performances highlighted the weekend action as the track and field teams competed at Grand Valley State and Calvin College.
The school record breaking performance by the men's 4x400 meter relay kick started the weekend on Friday night at the Grand Valley State "Big Meet". The quartet of Ray Bordeaux, Eric Reed, Jason Parnell and Caleb Teachout covered the 1600 meters in 3:16.77 to eclipse the old mark by over a second. The previous record, which had stood since 2005, was held by De-Ale-Jo Roberts, Justin Dupey, Dave Veldt and Josh Robach. The time currently ranks the Saints fifth in the country in that event.
The automatic qualifiers kept coming on Saturday as the men's distance medley relay hit the "A" standard on Saturday morning. Teachout and Parnell teamed up with Grant Gunneson and Jacob Towne to post a 10:12.91 in the DMR. Aquinas is now ranked eighth nationally in the relay.
Not to be outdone were the ladies who went sub four in the 1600 meter relay at GVSU on Saturday night. Brooke Fuller, Courtney Klawieter, Fiana Comer and Kaitlyn Henniger qualified for the National Championships by teaming up to run 3:59.99. The Saints are currently seeded 14th nationally in the 4x4.
The field events on Saturday at Calvin were headlined by Alicia Dorko's performance in the pole vault. Dorko (12-3.5) bettered her previous school record by an inch and a half. Alicia currently has the third highest vault in the country. Vault-mate Emily Sarros recorded a personal best (10-6) to improve her standing as the third best vaulter in Aquinas history.
The Saints will now head down to Trine University on Saturday to compete at the Indoor WHAC Championships.