WHEELING, W.Va.—The Franciscan University track and field team continued to make vast improvements, both from a personal standpoint and as a team Saturday at the Bill Van Horne Invitational hosted by Wheeling Jesuit University. The men's team came in 14th place out of 18 schools with 23 points. Although the women's team placed 21 out of 21, several athletes on the women's team achieved personal bests.
"Everybody improved today in some facet or another," reported head coach Vince Oliver. "Some athletes improved their times, while others worked on form and technique. The whole team took great strides forward, not just the winners."
One such performance was that of junior Bill Jones in the 1500 meter run, placing first with a new personal and school record of 3:56.96. This qualified him for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship — the first of the team to do so this season — and seated him fourth in the nation in division III athletics. Jones also ran a new record in the 800 meter run, placing fifth with a time of 1:55.81.
Other Baron standout moments included sophomore Jacob Baugher placing sixth in the 400 meter dash with a 51.48, the 4x100 meter relay team's sixth place time of 46.19, and senior Tim Michaud's sixth place javelin throw of 48.80 meters.
The Lady Barons also performed well. Senior Emily Kraudel placed eighth in the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:27.75; sophomore Molly Chambers and junior Sara Mueller qualified for All Ohio in the steeple chase and the 1500 meter run, respectively; freshmen Kaitlyn Hoffman and Elizabeth Brockway also ran personal records of 28.99 and 29.84 in the 200 meter dash, respectively.
Oliver said he is proud of the team's achievements, but more so of their good attitude and strong teamwork. At the end of the day, "it's not the wins or losses, not the times and distances, but the way that they carried themselves that counts," he said, adding that he hopes that the season will continue to be an opportunity for Franciscan University to glorify God through their achievements.
The track and field team's next competition is Saturday, March 31 at Washington and Jefferson College.