STERLING, Kan. – The Swedes track and field teams kicked off their outdoor season with two team titles and nine individual champions at the Sterling College Quint Relays on Thursday, March 9.
"This was an incredible day at Sterling College and a great way to start the season with team victories on both sides," head coach Aaron Yoder said.
On the women's side, five Swedes earned the individual championship and established two new school records. Individual champions include; freshman, Journey Lee; junior, Danielle Johnson; and freshman, Kristen Herzet.
Lee earned her victory in the pole vault with a jump of 8'6.25ft. Johnson won the shot put and hammer throw events. She threw 36'1.5ft. in the shot, and 147'9ft. in the hammer throw. Also winning two events, Herzet earned the top spot in the javelin and the discuss with her throws of 103'2ft. and 127'7ft. respectively.
The team established the distance medley relay running a 14:13.8. This team consisted of freshman, Katelynn Adam; freshman, Molly Achterberg; sophomore, Elyse Bergquist; and junior, Melissa Olson. The women's 6,400m relay also established a school record running 26:05.6. On this team was Bergquist, Adam, Olson, and sophomore, Linda Martinez.
The men's squad had three individual champions and one relay team took first place. Senior, Ricky Alexander jumped 22'3.75ft. in the long jump earning a first place season. Freshman, Kris Quidachay took first place with his 41.8ft. throw in the shot put and his 98'9ft. in the hammer throw.
The 400m relay ran a time of 42.90 earning their first place finish. On this team was; freshman, Vince Tome; senior, Ricky Alexander; junior, Michael Wimberly; sophomore, Sterling Wells.
The men's 800m relay team broke a school record with their time of 1:31.70. This team consisted of Tome, Alexander, Wells, and junior, Noah Smucker. The men's distance medley relay with freshman, Teylyr Wheeles; junior, Ivan Perez; sophomore, Samuel Frost; and freshman, Curtis Ivanoff, established a new school record with their time of 12:07.0.
"Our coaching staff did an amazing job directing and encouraging our student-athletes and modifying our relays where it was needed," Coach Yoder said. "We had a lot of individuals compete in four events and do very well. We had several performances that were very close to national standards which will propel us into our outdoor season and the next meet at Southwestern College," he said.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes compete again on Thursday, March 16 in the Southwestern College Invitational in Winfield, Kan.
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