Track competes at NAIA

Freshman Marcus Waller hurdles at the NCAA meet held in Cedarville, Ohio. Photo by Janet McDowell.

By Justine Espersen

Despite low placements, both the men’s and women’s teams were proud of their performance at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, March 3 and 4.

The men’s team placed 38th out of 61 teams. The team’s bright spot in the meet was a fourth-place finish in the men’s 4×800 meter relay.

The team set a school record and claimed All-American status. The group included senior Justin Jones, sophomore Brian Willoughby, senior Thomas Powers and sophomore Ethan Gallagher.

“We were a little timid going into it and had some anxiety about if we would make finals or not,” Gallagher said. “But once we made it, we realized we had nothing to lose; [we] far exceeded our expectations.”

Additionally, freshman Lucas Limberg placed 13th in the high jump and senior Joe Reisinger tied 19th for shot put and placed 18th in weight throw.

“Individually, since I’m a freshman, this meet was a great learning experience for me to be able to know what to expect at these national meets.

As a team, I feel we did a great job; we had All-Americans on both the boys’ and girls’ sides,” Limberg said.

As a whole, all six teammates scored a total of five points.

On the women’s side, although the team tied for last place with one point, junior Kortney Ellingboe gained All-American status. She placed eighth in the 5,000-meter run.

“I was very proud with my accomplishment at the meet,” Ellingboe said. “As a team, we got personal records … so I think that is all our team could have asked for.”

Both teams will begin their outdoor season at the Chicagolands event hosted by the University of Chicago April 6 and 7.

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