BEXLEY, Ohio —The Franciscan University of Steubenville's track and field team participated in their first meet of the season—the Rick Meindl Last Call indoor track competition—Saturday. While the event was considered a pre-season scrimmage for the team, who only began training a month ago, the Barons and Lady Barons proved themselves up to the challenge, finishing 11th and 12th out of 13 teams with 30 and 16 points respectively.
"It was a good beginning to what has the potential to be a great season," said head coach, Vince Oliver. "The meet presented significant competition for our team and allowed us as coaches to establish a base for where our student athletes are at this very early point in our training season."
This is the second year Franciscan has taken part in Capital University's indoor meet, a month before the regular, outdoor season begins. Oliver hopes that the experience gained in such a competitive atmosphere will give the team a feel for where they need to be in a few weeks. "It's our job now to build the positives that will make a huge impact this season and take great strides forward."
Key performances for the Barons included sophomore Joey Schlueter's sixth place in the 3 kilometer run, with a time of 9:35.39; the 5 kilometer run, in which senior Kevin LeRoy ran a 16:56.03, placing sixth overall; and freshman James Marra's 53.31, fifth place in the 400 meter dash. Junior Bill Jones earned significant points for the team, placing fifth overall in the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:01.67 and first in the mile run, with a 4:22. The distance medley team also placed second with a time of 11:11.75, and Blake Bonilla, in his first attempt at the long jump, broke the Franciscan University men's record of 5.34 meters set in 2010, with a jump of 5.93 meters.
The Lady Barons also earned some fabulous times for their first meet of the season. Senior Emily Kraudel placed fifth in the 400 meter dash, with a time of 1:04.54, senior Sara Mueller placed seventh in the mile, with a time of 5:56.76, and freshman Anna Brown placed eighth overall in the 5 kilometer run and the mile, with a 20:50.54 and 6:04.57 respectively.
The track and field team will travel to the Grove City Invitational in Grove City, Pa. on Tuesday, March 20th, for its next meet.