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GRAND RAPIDS, MI- Classes were cancelled at the University of St Francis on Friday, but the USF Track teams boarded buses and braved the storm for a trip to Grand Rapids, MI. The lure of great competition and a chance to run fast times early in the season compelled the squads to travel to Grand Valley State University for the Mike Lints Invitational.
With over 1,000 athletes entered and elite level competition in nearly every race, the USF Saints were still able to stand out among the crowd with many excellent performances. By the end of the night, the Saints were able to amass 31 new personal best performances, and, confirmation pending, eight new school records. Our Saints will brave a storm and snowy roads for those results anytime!
Among the top finishers, Freshman Sonny Jenkins is the first to be highlighted. Building up endurance after coming off an injury from cross country season, Jenkins was able to race her way to a 7th place finish in the 600m open with a time 1:43 in just her very first attempt at the distance.
In the 800m run, Hilary Halford and Erin Suttman were able to race to 5th and 6th place finishes, despite being placed in a slower heat. The two raced hard and challenged the field with their field, with Halford outlasting the strong surging kick of Suttman to narrowly defeat her teammate with a time of 2:20.34 while Suttman finished in 2:20.82
In the field events, Chelsea Rimington was able to stand out for the Saints. Rimington was able to punch her ticket to the NAIA National Indoor Championship meet in the Shot Put by heaving a B Standard provisional qualifiying mark of 12.80m, good enough for 9th place overall in the meet.
Last to highlight among the top Saints' finishers is in the field events. Making it to finals in the Triple Jump in a very strong field, Vanessa Sager bounded her way to a 6th overall finish at a mark of 10.08m.