Tracksters have strong showing at Little State
Grace’s track and field enjoyed several strong showings at the Little State Championships, held at Indiana Wesleyan.
Isaac Stuckey and Jacob Brown finished second and fourth respectively in the hammer throw, each with personal-best throws. Stuckey’s 193-feet-3 bettered his own school record and currently ranks No. 4 in the NAIA. Brown hit 184-1, which is No. 8 in the nation.
The men’s 4×800-meter relay grabbed third place. Brendan Hamilton, Jonathan Balda, Brady Willard and Sam Hall crossed the finish line in 7:53.53. Hall went on to finish fourth in the 800 at 1:57.81, and Hamilton set a PR in the 800 at 1:58.83 to place seventh.
Hall, Balda and Hamilton also teamed up with Martin Schiele to place eighth in the 4×400.
On the women’s side, Emily Anderson had the best showing. She ended in third place in the javelin.
“The throwers and middle-distance group had the best weekend, but several others produced personal-best performances, so we continue to make progress. Isaac [Stuckey] and Jacob [Brown] seem to improve almost every meet and have a chance to make big impacts in the postseason. I doubt Grace has ever had two individuals ranked in the top 10 of the NAIA at the same time,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Sam Hall and Brendan Hamilton each placed in a pair of relays and the 800, which is tough to do in this meet. Brendan especially had a breakout weekend with a PR to place in the 800. Besides the women who scored in an event, Abbie Evans had nearly a 10-foot PR in the hammer and is close to qualifying for the NCCAA meet, while Karla Singer had a solid double in the 10,000 and 5,000.”
To see complete meet results, click here.
The Lancers are home April 28 for their first meet of the season at the one-year-old Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex. Seven teams are expected to compete in the Lancer Invitational, which starts at noon.