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Smith's Record-Setting 10K Spurs Goshen To Eighth At Little State Day 1
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Track & Field - Sat, Apr. 22, 2017

UPLAND, Ind. — Goshen College senior Ryan Smith lowered his own school record in the 10,000-meter run and qualified for the NAIA outdoor national championship in his second event of the year when he finished almost a minute clear of the field Friday night at the Indiana Little State Championships hosted by Taylor University.

Smith turned in the second-fastest time in the NAIA this year in the longest track event, covering the 6.21-mile distance in 30 minutes, 38.99 seconds. He finished 58.93 seconds in front of his closest competition, Marian's Isaak Haas, and trimmed another 18.25 seconds off the school record he set last year in the same meet.

On the opposite end of the eligibility spectrum, freshman Lindon McDonald came one height in the high jump shy of making it two Maple Leaf event wins. McDonald was one of three athletes to clear 6 feet, 6 inches, setting a new career high in the process. When none of the trio cleared 6-7, however, the competition ended and turned to tiebreakers, which slotted the Westview High School alumnus into third place based on number of attempts.

Goshen's largest meet of the season so far required preliminary heats to narrow the field to eight finalists in races shorter than 400 meters. McDonald came as close as anyone to reaching the finals in the 100-meter dash: a time of 11.44 slotted him in to ninth place, 0.02 seconds out of eighth.

The Maple Leafs scored their remaining team points in the men's 4x800-meter relay, where they finished third. Goshen's 22 points are good for eighth place after Friday.

While the Maple Leaf women did not score a team point on the opening day of the two-day event, it certainly wasn't for lack of consistency. Goshen women finished 17th or 18th in all four events that the team entered, including mirror-image 17th-place finishes from Caitlin Hughey in the 100 and 200.

Sophomore Mara Beck turned in the best times of her career in both of her events, the 200- and 400-meter dashes, while Donnae Lipinski improved her career-best shot put mark by some 14 inches. Sophomore Carter Boos and freshman Tanner Camp joined McDonald in setting career bests for the men.

Little State continues Saturday with finals in the remaining 26 events, 13 for each gender. Goshen's first action is set for 11:45 a.m. in the women's 1,500-meter run.

Team — 8th, Goshen 22
100 — 9th, Lindon McDonald 11.44; 33rd, Jimmy Ramkissoon 12.69; 34th, Ben Cotton 12.80
200 — 18th, McDonald 22.98; 39th, Cotton 25.59; 40th, *Carter Boos 25.62
400 — 21st, Luke Graber 52.20; 25th, Josh Bustos 53.34; 28th, Abe Medellin 54.43; 32nd, *Boos 56.41
10,000 — 1st, Ryan Smith 30:38.99; 13th, Ryan Haggerty 34:05.22; 15th, Isaiah Friesen 34:19.40
4x800 relay — 3rd, Goshen 8:03.25
High jump — 3rd, *McDonald 6-6
Shot put — 19th, Chris Ubaldo 37-5; 27th, *Tanner Camp 32-6 1/4

Team — T-13th, Goshen 0
100 — 17th, Caitlin Hughey 13.91; 21st, Ginyce Haywood 14.45; 24th, Lisette Bermudez 16.27
200 — 17th, Hughey 28.47; 26th, Haywood 29.95; 27th, *Mara Beck 30.48; 32nd, Bermudez 34.57
400 — 18th, Lena Charles 1:05.66; 22nd, *Beck 1:08.24
Shot put — 17th, *Donnae Lipinski 36-0 1/4