Seven Individual Wins Lead To Runner-Up Finish
ANDERSON, Ind. - The Goshen College women's track and field team took six more individual titles en route to a runner-up finish at the Anderson University Invitational on Saturday. The Maple Leafs tallied 124 points trailing only Ohio Northern University as they again displayed some spectacular efforts on the track and in the field events.
"We had some very good performances on Saturday," fifteenth-year head coach Rick Clark said before adding, "Although we had a cumber of personal bests, there are still many places where work is needed to be where we would like to be by the conference meet."
It was an amazing day for the Leafs in the field events led by senior Deanna Kronk (Elkhart, Ind.). The six-time national championship participant booked her ticket to St. Louis for another outdoor showing with a winning throw of 42' 4.5" in the shot put.
Kronk also won the discus event with a toss of 130' 5" before also placing in the hammer throw and javelin. Her throw of 146' 2" was second in the hammer, while she placed sixth in the javelin with a mark of 89' 8".
The Maple Leafs depth in the throwing corps was evident by placing six more times, including senior Katie Sowers' (Hesston, Kan.) win in the javelin with a mark of 123-feet even.
"Sowers took control in her specialty, the javelin, to win by a decisive margin," Clark added. Goshen was able to take three of the top six spots in the event as sophomore Rachel Mast (Scottdale, Pa.) took third with a throw of 105' 5".
The Leafs repeated the three top six finishes in both the discus and hammer throw. In the discus, Sowers placed fifth (108' 11"), while sophomore Cassie Greives (Rochester, Ind.) took sixth (105' 3"). Greives also finished fourth in the hammer with a throw of 131' 5", while sophomore Krista Nussbaum placed sixth with a mark of 121' 9".
Coming off a sweep of the long, triple, and high jump at the Maple Leaf Invitational, sophomore Peni Acayo (Kampala, Uganda) had another strong day, despite some technical difficulties.
"She struggled with her approach," Clark said, "but was still able to win the triple jump." Acayo's jump of 35' 7.5" was enough in the triple jump as she also took third in the long jump (16' 2.5") and fourth in the high jump (5' 1").
While Goshen dominated the field events, they also picked up several solid performances on the track. Senior Laura Harnish (Flanagan, Ill.) took over in the last 200 meters to take top honors in the 1,500 meters (4:54.05), while classmate Abri Houser (Newton, Kan.) also took the top spot in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.33 seconds.
Houser also finished second in the 400-meter hurdle event (1:09.65), while junior Rachel Allen (Westport, Ind.) was close behind in both the 100 (17.98) and 400 (1:15.11).
Also on the track in Anderson, junior Rachael Baker (Fremont, Ind.) took third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:24.73. Harnish placed sixth in the event with a pace of 2:29.08.
While most of the Maple Leafs squad was in Anderson, the race walkers hit to the track of Malone College to compete in the Jack Hazen Invite. Junior Tina Peters (Yellow Springs, Ohio) easily took top honors in the 3k race with a time of 15:20.53, while senior Tessa Horst (Dalton, Ohio) was second in 16:24.82.
Goshen will take a week off before heading to Marion, Ind. for the Little State Championships on Saturday, April 11.