Cedarville, OH - A sign that spring is almost here is the conclusion of the indoor track and field season with the outdoor season right around the corner. The Geneva College men′s and women′s indoor team took 11 student-athletes to the NCCAA national meet on Saturday based on earlier qualifying performances.
On the women′s side, Teammates Alayna Merkle (19:25.96) and Emily Hoobler (19:27.27) finished tenth and 11th respectively in the 5000 meter race. Liz Michalak, who qualified in both the high jump and long jump, turned in a pair of top 20 performances. The highlight for the women′s team came in the shot put event. Kathryn Regalado turned in a fifth place finish with a distance of 38-11. Teammate Katherine Michalak finished seventh with a mark of 38-02.
Nick Edinger, who broke Geneva′s indoor school record in the 3000 meter event earlier in the year, finished 13th in the event with a time of 9:11.99. Edinger also competed in the 5000 meter race and turned in a seventh place finish with a mark of 15:39. Teammate Charles Walters finished 21st in a time of 16:23.
Mark Filitz qualified in both the long jump and the high jump. He posted a final distance of 17-11 in the long jump for a 21st place finish but gave his best performance in the triple jump. Filitz finished fifth overall with a distance of 40-09.75.
Geneva′s men and women will get to take their action outside beginning next March. The Golden Tornadoes open the 2012 outdoor season on March 17th at Muskingum. Geneva will host the PAC North Quad on April 17th as well as hosting the PAC Championships on April 28th.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education.