Track teams excel at Nationals meet

Junior Nic Mizeur runs his leg of the 4x800 at NCCAA Nationals on Feb. 19.

By Rachel Kearney

The men’s and women’s track teams recently competed at both the NCCAA National Indoor Meet and the NAIA National Indoor Meet.

The ONU teams had several qualifiers with notable performances.

The women took third at the NCCAA meet and had 13 top-10 finishes, including three individual national titles.

Senior Lauren Versweyveld won the 5,000-meter run, while sophomore Kortney Ellingboe won the 3,000-meter run. Senior Ashley Fozkos not only won the pole vaulting event but also broke Olivet’s women’s pol

e vaulting record with a jump of 12-feet and 5.5-inches.

Versweyveld, Ellingboe, and Fozkos also participated at the NAIA meet. Fozkos tied for ninth in pole vault while Ellingboe placed seventh in the 3,000-meter run. Versweyveld took eighth place in the 5,000-meter run, after breaking Olivet’s indoor record in the preliminary heat with a time of 17:34.06.

Meanwhile, the men’s team took second overall at the NCCAA meet, with seven top ten finishes and six top five finishes throughout the meet.

The men were lead by senior Kenny MacDonough, who placed second in the 5,000-meter run, and junior Justin Jones, who also took second in the one-mile run.

At the NAIA meet, Jones ran for a ninth-place finish in the mile run and MacDonough took 24th in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Kasey Ferrigan, freshman Ethan Gallagher, junior Nicholas Mizeur and senior Jerad Koch took 11th in the 4×800.

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