The Presidents’ Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Invitational really could not have gone much better for the Golden Tornadoes. With several school records falling and even more student-athletes posting personal best performances, the PAC Invitational proved to be a great way for the Geneva College track and field team to springboard to the outdoor season. The basketball season officially came to an end with the first round play-off loss for the men’s team at Thomas More. Although it doesn’t feel much like spring outside, it is time for baseball and softball to get things going in the next week.
After sitting out the NCCAA national meet, Nick Edinger was back to his old form as the senior broke his own school record in the 5K as he lapped the field and finished the race with a time of 15:16, which was 18 seconds better than his previous mark. Josh Guiser put his name in the record book with a time of 7.14 in the 60 meter race, which placed his third at the PAC Invitational. A total of 13 personal records were set last week including Chez Anderson’s third place finish in the 800 meter event with a time of 2:07.21. Jacob Mellinger (400 meter) and Charles Parker (Mile) also posted personal best times.
In women’s action, Sarah-Noel Meek and Anna Kluitenberg finished 1-2 in the 5K race. Teammate Alayna Merkle enjoyed a stellar day with a first place finish in the 800 meter race and a second place slot in the mile. Sara Williams highlighted the women’s field events with a fourth place finish in the shot put with a distance of 10.69 meters.
After battling second seed Thomas More for most of the game, the Geneva men’s basketball team fell to the Saints 82-60 in the first round of the PAC tournament last week. The Golden Tornadoes ended their season with an overall record of 5-21 but were clearly playing their best basketball at the end of the season with a three-game winning streak vaulting them into the first round of the tournament.
Congratulations to women’s head coach Lori Wynn and the Golden Tornadoes for receiving the PAC Sportsmanship trophy last week. In addition, freshman Heidi Mann was named an All-Conference honorable mention selection for a stand out campaign.
The baseball and softball teams will be departing for Florida on Friday to open the 2013 season. The baseball team gets underway with a doubleheader against Massachusetts Maritime with the softball team opening next Monday, March 4th with games against Aurora and Bluffton. The baseball team will be playing 11 games in Ft. Pierce, FL while the softball team will open with 12 games in Kissimmee, FL. Baseball opens its home schedule on March 16th with a 1 pm doubleheader against Fredonia State while the softball team will host Baldwin-Wallace in its home opener on March 19th.
Athletic Schedule for the week:
|Saturday, March 2||Baseball (DH) vs. Massachusetts Maritime 3 pm|
|Monday, March 4||
Baseball (DH) vs. Martin Luther 3 pm
Softball vs. Aurora 1 pm
Softball vs. Bluffton 5 pm
|Tuesday, March 5||
Baseball (DH) Muhlenberg 9 am
Softball vs. Muskingum 9 am
Softball vs. Presentation 1 pm
|Wednesday, March 6||
Softball vs. Catholic 3 pm
Softball vs. Illinois College 5 pm
|Thursday, March 7||Baseball vs. Lebanon Valley 1:30 pm|
|Friday, March 8||
NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Softball vs. Muskingum 1 pm
Softball vs. Concordia 3 pm
|Saturday, March 9||
Baseball vs. Northwestern College (DH) 4 pm
Softball vs. Skidmore 3pm
Softball vs. Simpson 5 pm
Geneva engineering students compete in national competitions including the Solar Splash, Steel Bridge Building and the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Competition.