NORTH NEWTON, Kan. – The Swedes track and field teams had a huge weekend at the Bethel College Invitational. The Swedes women's team won the team championship and the men earned a second place finish.
The throws group had 12 lifetime bests, one season best, and one individual champion. Junior Danielle Johnson earned herself a first place finish in the hammer throw with her toss of 43.38m. Freshman, Kristen Herzet hit a personal record in the hammer throw, shot put, and discus. Herzet threw 35.55m in the hammer, 10.64 in the shot put event, and hurled the discus 41.54m. Senior, Brooklyn Meinke threw 10.24m in the shot put and Johnson earned a personal best in the discus throwing 27.45m.
On the men's side junior, Ali Shahryar toss the shot put 10.06m and the hammer 22.85m. While fellow junior, Joe Baltrip had a hammer throw of 22.70m and threw the shot put 9.86m. Three other Swedes reached lifetime bests in a single event; senior, Ian Merzwinski threw the shot put 13.23m, sophomore, Johnathan Gayton, also threw a personal best in the shot put tossing it 11.16m, and freshman, Kris Quidachay threw the discus 35m. Sophomore, Milton Hall earned a seasonal best in the shot put with his throw of 12.71m.
On the sprinting and jumping side, the Swedes posted six personal records and two seasonal bests. The women's 400m relay team made up of Meinke, and freshmen, Molly Achterberg, Journey Lee, and Destiny Dyson ran a time of 51.54. Dyson hit personal bests in the 100m and 200m dashes. She ran a 12.90 and 26.51 respectively. Lee vaulted a personal record of nine feet in the pole vault and Meinke ran a season best 400m dash with her time of 1:02.62.
Sophomore, Sterling Wells ran his best time of 10.94 in the 100m dash, and senior, Ricky Alexander ran the 200m dash in 22.13, his personal best time. Alexander also earned a first place finish in the long jump with his leap of 6.55m. In the 110m hurdles, junior Noah Smucker ran a season best time of 15.51.
Finally, rounding out the team were the distance runners who had three lifetime bests and four seasonal bests.
Sophomore, Elyse Bergquist ran a personal record time in the 800m of 2:48.0. Junior, Melissa Olson, freshmen, Katelynn Adam and Achterberg, and senior, Sarah Henderson all earned seasonal best times. Olson's 20:11 5,000m run was not only good enough for a season best but also a first place finish in the race. Adam ran a 1:09.62 in the 400m dash and Henderson ran a 1:10.56 in the same race.
Freshman, Curtis Ivanoff earned a first place finish with his time of 4:43.90 in the 1,500m run. Meanwhile, sophomore Samuel Frost and freshman, Teylyr Wheels each ran a lifetime best time in the 800m run. Frost posted a time of 2:13.3 while Wheels ran a 2:18.1.
"Overall we had an exceptional day with our women winning the team title and out men's team coming in second," Swedes head coach Aaron Yoder said. "This competition lets us know that we are doing the right thing at the right time. Our progressions at this point leave us hungry for the next competition but allow us to celebrate the improvements. We had over 28 personal and seasonal bests and a number of student athletes who are on the brink of qualifying for nationals. As a squad, I felt like we were very supportive and competitive in every event. We will return to action next week at Tabor College."
Up Next . . .
The Swedes next competition to show their improvements is on Saturday, April 22 at the Tabor College Invitational in Hillsboro, Kan.
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