HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The outdoor season continued for the Goshen College women's track and field team as they competed in the Huntington University Invitational on Saturday.
With high winds making for relatively difficult running conditions, the Maple Leafs placed fifth with 80.5 points. Indiana Wesleyan University won the event with 201 points with a total of five Crossroads League teams on hand.
Three events highlighted the Maple Leafs success. Goshen combined for eight top five finishes in the 1,500 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the high jump.
The Maple Leafs went one and two in the high jump with both Sam Jones and Kyle Mishler cleared 6-foot-6. Jones took the individual title by virtue of the number of jumps it took to clear heights.
Perhaps the most impressive team performance of the entire event was Goshen's dominance in the 1,500 meters. In a field of 25 runners, the Maple Leafs took four of the top five spots led by senior Billy Funk's second-place finish of 4:01.58. Sophomore Daniel Zelaya was third (4:09.31), freshman Lucas Harnish fourth (4:10.72) and sophomore Moses Kaelo fifth (4:11.00).
Meanwhile, in the steeplechase, sophomores Jordan Smeltzer and Alejandro Rodriguez were second and third, coming in just 0.13 seconds apart. Smeltzer clocked in a time of 10:17.51, while Rodriguez ran a season-best 10:17.64.
Funk and Kaelo had additional scoring runs for Goshen with Funk taking fourth in the 800 meters (1:58.31) and Kaelo sixth in the 5,000 (16:00.37). In shorter distances, freshman Tim Lehman raced to fifth in the 400 meters (52.27 seconds) and Joel Pepala was seventh in the 100 meters (11.70).
In field event action, sophomore Aaron Frost had another strong day. He placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 125'4.5" and was seventh in the javelin (129'3.75").
Next up for the Maple Leafs is the Indiana Little State Championships Friday and Saturday in Marion, Ind.