NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.—Amidst a heavy rainfall, Franciscan University of Steubenville's track and field team competed at the Westminster College Invitational this Saturday. The Barons placed 10th out of 11 teams with 14 points and the Lady Barons 11th out of 13 with nine points.
"It was a stellar day for track and field," noted head coach Vince Oliver. "A good day, but rainy. Some runners got more personal records and we got a lot of placements."
One runner setting a new personal record was junior Christian Ohnimus in the 5,000 meter run. Knocking almost 25 seconds off his previous time, Ohnimus ran an impressive 17:26.66. Freshman Jacob Baugher also performed well, placing third in the finals for the 200 meter dash with a time of 23:22. Jack Kaiser ran the 1,500 meter race in a time of 4:17.49, placing eight.
Jacob Rudd competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and finished with a time of 10:59.06.
For the Lady Barons, some top performances were seen by senior Kailey Gotta, placing fifth in the 5K with a time of 18:56.13. Jane Crosby ran a 5:33.70 in the 1,500 meter race. Tessa Livermont competed in the steeplechase and finished in 13:10.89.
"Hard work is paying off," said Coach Oliver. "Team-wise, it was a good meet. It wasn't too big, but it was a very competitive meet: teams we had not been able to compete with previously we were able to now."
The track and field team competes again on April 23, in Berea, Ohio, at Baldwin Wallace College.