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Maple Leaf Track Adds Three National Qualifiers, Five Facility Records Over Weekend
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Track & Field - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind.; GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.; and WINONA LAKE, Ind. — Siana Emery started the weekend by qualifying for her second straight national meet in the race walk before the Goshen College men's and women's track and field found success in the half-mile and half-marathon while in action at three different sites Friday and Saturday.

Friday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Isaiah Friesen became the fourth Maple Leaf to qualify for nationals this year by completing a half-marathon in 73 minutes, 58 seconds, meeting the NAIA provisional standard; classmate Ryan Smith qualified in his third event of the season by completing the 13.1-mile course in 69:35.

The duo punched their tickets to the marathon at the NAIA national meet, which is set for 7 a.m. EDT on Saturday, May 27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They are the first Goshen men to qualify in the longest national event since Jordan Smeltzer in 2012. Freshman Ryan Haggerty also completed the half-marathon in 79:49.

At home at the Eigsti Track and Field Complex, Emery clocked a career-best 27:10.58 in the 3.11-mile race walk event, trailing only Cornerstone's Bailey Brogan in the women's race. Junior Sawyer Biddle, who has already qualified for nationals on the men's side, took third in 27:10.98.

Saturday, the focus shifted to Grace's Key Track and Field Complex for the inaugural Lancer Invitational, where Goshen claimed five first-place finishes and set five new facility records.

Junior Caitlin Hughey claimed a pair of top honors in the women's 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning them in 13.32 and 28.05 seconds respectively. The Maple Leafs swept the heat titles in the women's 200 as well, with Hughey claiming the second section: junior Lena Charles finished the 218.7-yard course in 29.96 seconds to win the first heat.

With some help from Lindon McDonald, who won the men's 100-meter dash in 11.24 seconds, Goshen swept the day's two shortest events as well.

But the team's greatest success of the day came in the two 800-meter races, where six of the nine entries turned in new collegiate bests. Senior Luke Graber lowered his bar in that event for the second straight week, winning on the men's side in 1:56.85. Goshen claimed both second-place honors in personal-record times as well: Steven Cranston was men's runner-up in 1:58.15 while Jill Steinmetz ran a 2:30.28 for the women.

Also in the 800, Charles won her second heat of the day to finish fourth overall in 2:33.69: Mara Beck and Juan Perez each scored team points with new best times in the event while Nora Rangel took fifth overall after winning the 400 in a career-best 1:01.65.

The Maple Leafs claimed a trifecta of second-place relay finishes in both 4x400-meter races and the men's 4x100.

Max Burkholder and Carter Boos added personal bests for the men. Donnae Lipinski and Lisette Bermudez rounded out the team scoring with third- and sixth-place finishes in the women's shot put and 100 meters, respectively.

The GC men finished third overall, four points behind second-place Trinity Christian, while host Grace outscored all other teams; the women claimed fourth place as Trinity Christian won.

Goshen returns to action this weekend at the Crossroads League meet hosted by Taylor University beginning on Friday.

Team — 3rd, Goshen 54
100 — 1st, Lindon McDonald 11.24; 8th, Josh Bustos 12.32; 9th, Ben Cotton 12.68
200 — 7th, Cotton 25.70
400 — 4th, Bustos 53.79; 5th, *Carter Boos 55.71
800 — 1st, *Luke Graber 1:56.85; 2nd, *Steven Cranston 1:58.15; 6th, *Juan Perez 2:05.17; 11th, Abe Medellin 2:13.10
1500 — 9th. Jose Ortiz 4:45.04; 10th, *Max Burkholder 4:49.82; 11th, Rafael Zuniga 4:53.16
4x100 relay — 2nd, Goshen (Boos, Cotton, Abe Medellin, McDonald) 46.78
4x400 relay — 2nd, Goshen 'A' (Graber, McDonald, Medellin, Cranston) 3:31.93; 6th, Goshen 'B' (Zuniga, Perez, Ortiz, Boos) 3:58.22
Long jump — 5th, Boos 16-3
Shot put — 7th, Chris Ubaldo 35-3 3/4; 10th, Tanner Camp 30-10 1/4; 11th, Bustos 26-0 3/4
5000 race walk (at Goshen) — 3rd, Sawyer Biddle 27:10.98
Half-marathon (at Grand Rapids, Mich.) — Ryan Smith 1:09:35 (NAIA automatic qualification standard); Isaiah Friesen 1:13:58 (NAIA provisional qualification standard); Ryan Haggerty 1:19:49

Team — 4th, Goshen 66
100 — 1st, *Caitlin Hughey 13.32; 6th, Lisette Bermudez 16.25
200 — 1st, Hughey 28.05; 4th, Lena Charles 29.96; 5th, *Mara Beck 30.46; 8th, Bermudez 34.79
400 — 1st, *Nora Rangel 1:01.65
800 — 2nd, *Jill Steinmetz 2:30.28; 4th, *Charles 2:33.69; 5th, Rangel 2:36.82; 6th, *Beck 2:37.76; 7th, Chelsea Foster 2:37.78
4x400 relay — 2nd, Goshen (Hughey, Rangel, Steinmetz, Foster) 4:30.64
Shot put — 3rd, Donnae Lipinski 34-7 ¾
5000 race walk (at Goshen) — 2nd, *Siana Emery 27:10.58 (NAIA automatic qualification standard)