Geneva spring athletics are in full swing despite the late wintery mix weather. Outdoor track and field resulted in multiple events with Geneva finishing on top along with personal records. The softball and baseball teams both fit in early morning games on Monday March 11 th in Florida before heading back north. Change in weather climates changed up the original schedules for the weekend as baseball and softballâ??s schedules were affected.
The track and field men and women teams traveled to Muskingum, Ohio for the season opener meet on Saturday. A total of 11 event victories gave the Golden Tornadoes a strong start to celebrate about. In menâ??s action Nick Edinger finished first in the 800 (2:01.76) and 1500 meter events. Edinger qualified nationally in the 1500 meter event with a time of 4:06.48, which was also a meet record. Charles Parker took hold of the 5000 meter race also finishing first with a time of 16:52.63, a PR that shattered his old record to nearly 30 seconds. On the field, Tyler French threw a distance of 124-10 in discus while Jordan Rupert threw javelin at a 155-02 distance. Both distances took first place.
Geneva women made the trip to Muskingum worthwhile as Alayna Merkle, Sarah-Noel Meek (3000 meter), Anna Kluitenberg (5000 meter), Katherine Michalak and Mary Keen all took first place in their respective events. Merkle placed first in the 800 and 1500 meter with a national qualifying time of 4:59.58. In the field Michalak took first in the shot and Mary Keen qualified for the NCCAA national meet with a first place distance of 116-10 in the discus.
Geneva and Penn State Beaver snuck in a doubleheader between snowflakes on Friday. Geneva posted 17 runs but allowed 18 dropping the first of the afternoonâ??s games. In the high scoring game, freshman Aaron Witman compiled three hits, three runs and three runs batted in. In game two, the afternoon quickly turned into evening. Forced by the setting sun, Geneva and Penn State Beaver were only able to play six innings. Geneva found their first win at home during the six innings with a 5-4 decision. The win displayed Genevaâ??s ability to comeback as a team effort for four runs tied up the fourth inning 4-4. In the bottom of the fifth, Dan Jeffreys knocked in JC Ackerman for the game winning run. With the double header split Genevaâ??s record advances to a 5-7 mark. Geneva will host Medaille for a double header on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The weekend will contain three games against conference opponent Grove City. On Friday Geneva will travel to Grove City for a 3:00 p.m. nine inning game and will turn around to host Grove City for a double header on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Softballâ??s game against Point Park suffered a cancelation on Saturday leaving Mondayâ??s games in Florida the solo softball game day of the week. The Golden Tornadoes opened the day with a 5-1 victory over Transylvania before dropping a 1-0 heart breaker to Mt. Union. In both games freshman pitcher Samantha Johnson displayed a spectacular performance. The freshman took the circle for both ends of the doubleheader and allowed just seven hits in 13 innings of work and allowed 0 earned runs. Fellow freshman Dayna Hicks went 3-4 in game one with two runs scored. She tied a school record with five stolen bases in the game and kept her streak alive with 19 consecutive steals. She would extend that streak to 20 with another stolen base in game two. Christina Fuqua also had a pair of hits in Genevaâ??s eight-hit attack in game one. The weather strikes again forcing to postpone Tuesdayâ??s double header Baldwin-Wallace to March 25 th. On Friday Geneva will travel to Case Western for a double header starting at 3 p.m. and will host Hiram on Saturday March 23 rd for their home opener double header at 3 p.m.
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