April 9, 2011

New School Records at John Homon Open

ALLIANCE, Ohio—It was a successful Saturday at the University of Mount Union John Homon Open for Franciscan University of Steubenville's track and field team. Breaking school records and setting a multitude of personal bests, the track and field team certainly had an exciting meet.

"We did phenomenally," head coach Vince Oliver noted. "It was a great day for Franciscan athletics; we broke several school records in several different events."

Bill Jones ran a new best time in the 1,500 meter run, breaking his old personal record and Franciscan's previous record by three seconds.  Jones came in fourth place in this event with a time of 3:59.67, which qualified him for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships in May. Jones also earned qualification for the ECAC championship in the 5,000 meter race during last week's meet.

Senior Kailey Gotta also qualified for the ECAC championship in the 5,000 meter run with her time at the Washington and Jefferson Invitational last week, 18:39.30.

Tim Michaud also performed exceptionally in the javelin throw. Throwing a distance of 46.85 meters, Michaud bested his previous record by almost three meters and set a new school record.

The swift 4x400 meter relay team, sophomore Jacob Rudd, freshman Jacob Baugher, freshman Joseph Schlueter, and freshman Peter Schreck, beat Franciscan's previous record by almost eight entire seconds with a time of 3:33.00.

"The best is yet to come for them," noted Coach Oliver about relay team. "These men ran a blazing time even after all four of them had already competed in other events." The 4x400 relay team has not qualified for the ECAC championships in May yet, but Oliver believes that they are not far from meeting the requirements.

Overall, the meet this Saturday was an exciting and important one. Only the fourth meet of the season, the Barons and Lady Barons are performing excellently and are looking to finish out the season strong. In addition to the setting of a lot of school records, many individual athletes broke personal best times as well.

"Simply put, this season has been one of choices," noted coach Oliver. "I challenged these athletes in the beginning of the season to make good choices—spiritually, academically, and athletically—in that order, so they could succeed everywhere. As this meet shows, the good choices are showing through every single one of the athletes."

The track team travels to it next meet Saturday, April 16, in New Wilmington, Pa., for the Westminster College Invitational.

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