Track ready for final stretch

Junior Kortney Ellingboe finished in eighth place in the 5,000-meter at the NAIA Indoor Championships, earning All-American status.

By Justine Espersen

With the start of their outdoor season this month, the men’s and women’s track teams haven’t slowed in their performance.

This past weekend, April 14, the men’s team placed second out of 21 teams at the Benedictine University (Ill.) Eagle Invite. They scored a team total of 83.5 points.

Several athletes placed and contributed to their point total, including junior Marcus Reynolds, who took first in the javelin throw.

The next big meet is the CCAC Championships hosted by Olivet April 21 beginning at 10 a.m.

“The conference meet is something we take pride in,” senior sprint captain Kent Yamane said. “As long as everybody does their part, I believe we can win again for the third consecutive year.”

The women’s track team dominated this past weekend’s meet, placing first out of 21 teams. The Lady Tigers competed at the Benedictine University (Ill.) Eagle Invite April 14, scoring a team total of 133.5 points.

“All [the] hard work we’ve been doing this whole year is really starting to pay off,” junior sprint captain Paula Saewert said.

Freshman Amy Blucker has particularly stood out this season. She has twice been named the CCAC Track and Field Player of the Week and has already broken several ONU throwing records.

With Blucker’s performances and the team’s recent win, the Lady Tigers have great motivation to prepare for the CCAC Championships, which will be held at Olivet along with the men’s meet.

“We’ve won the past two years and plan to win again this year. Our hard work and training will be reflected in our win,” Saewert said.

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