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Maple Leafs Make Early Leads A Habit At CL Track Championships
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Track & Field - Sun, May 7, 2017

UPLAND, Ind. — Ryan Smith earned all-Crossroads League honors in his second event in as many days on Saturday, taking third place for Goshen College in the antepenultimate event of the 2017 conference track and field meet at Taylor University.

Smith led the field for the bulk of the men's 5,000 meters, pulling away first as part of a two-man group and then by himself before Taylor's Matt Hall caught him on the second-to-last lap. Smith finished in 15:08.02 in the shortest of the three events in which he has qualified for the NAIA national outdoor meet.

Freshman Steven Cranston was the second-fastest Maple Leaf in the 5,000, crossing the finish line in 15:54.90. Earlier in the day, he led his heat in the 1500 for more than three-fourths of the race before finishing sixth in a career-best 4:02.36.

Windy conditions at Taylor's George Glass Track Complex led to a pattern of an early leader setting the pace before being passed in the closing stages throughout the day. Another senior, Luke Graber, saw that frame of mind extend to the 800 meters as well: he would take the lead in the first quarter of the race and was running second with less than 200 meters left before coming in ninth, missing team scoring by a single position.

Chelsea Foster took fifth in the 5,000 for GC's women, outperforming her seed by seven spots and finishing in a career-best 18:46.59. The lone Maple Leaf entry in the women's 1500, Jill Steinmetz, also set a new bar for her collegiate career, as did Rafael Zuniga and Max Burkholder in the men's 1500 and 5,000 respectively.

In sprint action, Caitlin Hughey clocked her fastest 200 meters yet, finishing in 27.66 seconds to take 14th place; the junior shaved 0.17 seconds off her previous mark, which was an indoor school record.

Goshen pulled off a 13th-place sweep in the 100-meter dashes, with Lindon McDonald finishing in 11.51 seconds to take that spot among men while Hughey came in at 13.59 seconds on the women's side.

The Maple Leafs scored team points with top-eight finishes in three of the day's four relays as well, highlighted by a second-leg comeback to take second in the heat and sixth overall in the men's 4x400 to cap the day. GC's women finished sixth in the 4x400 and seventh in the 4x100.

Marian University won the team title for both men and women: GC's men took seventh and the women 10th, with each team adding some 15 points to its total from 2016.

The conference championship marks the final full-squad event of Goshen's season. The Maple Leafs have national qualifiers in five events so far, with the national meet set to begin on Thursday, May 25 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Men:
Team — 7th, Goshen 31
100 — 13th, Lindon McDonald 11.51
800 — 9th, Luke Graber 1:58.62
1500 — 6th, *Steven Cranston 4:02.36; 24th, *Rafael Zuniga 4:43.00
5000 — 3rd, Ryan Smith 15:08.02; 10th, Cranston 15:54.90; 24th, *Max Burkholder 17:35.00; 25th, Jose Ortiz 18:46.71
10,000 — 1st, Smith 32:07.62; 9th, Isaiah Friesen 34:00.16; 14th, Ryan Haggerty 36:14.93
4x100 relay — 8th, Goshen (Sawyer Biddle, Carter Boos, Ben Cotton, Abe Medellin) 45.36
4x400 relay — 6th, Goshen (Boos, McDonald, Medellin, Graber) 3:29.29
4x800 relay — 7th, Goshen (Haggerty, Juan Perez, Graber, Cranston) 8:08.34
High jump — 3rd, *McDonald 6-6
Long jump — 19th, Andrew Longacher 19-3 1/4
Shot put — 16th, Chris Ubaldo 34-11 3/4; 17th, Tanner Camp 32-3 ½

Women:
Team — 10th, Goshen 15
100 — 13th, Caitlin Hughey 13.59
200 — 14th, *Hughey 27.66
400 — 8th, Nora Rangel 1:01.72
1500 — 11th, *Jill Steinmetz 5:14.09
5000 — 5th, *Chelsea Foster 18:46.59; 24th, Megan Graves 21:19.62; 26th, Jenae Stutzman 22:43.31
4x100 relay — 7th, Goshen 53.46
4x400 relay — 6th, Goshen (Hughey, Steinmetz, Rangel, Foster) 4:29.60
4x800 relay — 6th, Goshen (Chelsea Foster, Jill Steinmetz, Rangel, Megan Graves) 10:19.71
Long jump — 13th, Kelsey Fraley 13-9 3/4
Shot put — 4th, *Donnae Lipinski 38-6 3/4; 27th, Asia Green 27-4 3/4