Alliance, OH – Geneva’s men’s and women’s track team came in out of the cold on Saturday to compete against some of the best talent in the region. The Golden Tornadoes went up against several top programs, including Division I Penn State University, and held their own.
The women’s action was highlighted by a first place finish in the one mile race fro sophomore Rebecca Van Regenmorter. Van Regenmorter, who qualified for the NAIA national cross country meet as a freshman, has rallied back from an injury and now appears to be back at full strength. On Saturday, Van Regenmorter ran 5:33.60 to take first place by over two seconds.
Other highlights on the women’s side included a pair of top ten finishes from Tiffany Bear in the shot put and 55-meter dash. Marsha Miller finished third in the 1000 meter event, while Jamie Williams posted a pair of top ten finishes in the high jump and 300 meter dash. Geneva’s 4 x 400 relay squad comprised of Bear, Miller, VanRegenmorter and Kelsey Anderson finished with a time of 4:26.56, which was good enough for second place.
On the men’s side, Phil Falk brought home a pair of 5th place finishes in both the one mile run and the 1000 meter race. Brian Wilson continued to show great promise with a seventh place finish in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.14, which would be good enough to qualify for the NAIA indoor nationals.
Matt Susa, Ryen Smith, Wilson and Luke Duriancik teamed up in the 4 x 160 relay and took third place with a time of 1:18.94. In perhaps the strangest twist of the day, Geneva’s John Heft finished 6th in the 3000 meter event with a time of 9:52.54, despite the fact that his laps were miscounted and he was forced to run an extra lap around the track.
Following a break to train in two weeks in Gulf Shores, Alabama as the team breaks for some fun in the sun, the Golden Tornadoes will get back to competing on March 24th at the Slippery Rock University Invitational.
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