Foresters grab five firsts at Taylor

 The Foresters grabbed five first place finishes at the Taylor University Invitational on Saturday. Bethany McGraw earned two top spots, one in the long jump with a leap of 17-10.50 and the other in the triple jump with a mark of 33-04.50. McGraw also added a fourth in the 55 meter dash (7.63) and a fifth in the 200 meter dash (27.42). Jill Roughia placed first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:25.47 and Joel Sanders won the same event on the men's side with a time of 1:59.82. The men's 4x800 relay team of Luke Diehl, Cody Hannie, Dan Lindbloom and Sanders brought home the final top finish, winning the event in 8:12.58.

Other top five performances for the men included a third place finish for Nick Johnson in the 3000 meter run. His time of 8:55.90 met provisional qualification standards to compete in the NAIA National Indoor Track Championships in March. Lucas Beach added a second place in the shot put (15.09 m) and a fourth in the weight throw (13.16). Hannie was third in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:34.84 and he ran a leg of the 4x400 relay along with Adam Widener, Diehl and Sanders that placed fifth with a time of 3:45.05. The men's distance medley relay of Johnson, Joseph Mills, Michael Lehman and Joseph Njeri ran to a third place finish with a time of 11:21.31.

In women's action, Brittany Fillman ran a 1:03.07 in the 400 meter dash to place fifth and Emily Holliday came in fifth in the mile run with her time of 5:36.76. Two relays also earned top five finishes. The distance medley of Holliday, Laura Bowman, Vanessa Macias and Roughia came in third with a time of 13:52.15 and the 4x400 team of Michelle Kyler, Fillman, Katie Crandall and Colleen Knox was fifth with a time of 4:22.98.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director