Four Foresters earn All-Conference honors

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2009-04-25
The Foresters competed in the Mid-Central Conference Track & Field Championships and four individuals, Lauren Davenport, Nick Johnson, Bethany McGraw and Joseph Njeri, earned All-Conference honors. The women finished third in the competition with a team score of 86 and the men were fourth with 103 points.

In the women's competition, Lauren Davenport repeated as champion in the 400 with a time of 57.05 and she won the 400 hurdles in 1:03.03 breaking the school record of 1:03.54 set by Lindsay Motta in 1999. Davenport also ran a leg of the 4x800 relay that was fourth in 10:04.93 and a leg of the 4x400 relay along with Josann Schoeff, Michelle Kyler and McGraw that finished second in 4:01.08 and qualified to compete at the NAIA National Championships in May.

Bethany McGraw competed and scored in six events in the meet earning 23 points individually and anchoring two relays that tallied another 12 points. McGraw placed third in the long jump (5.47m), triple jump (10.98m) and the 200 (25.66) and she was fourth in the 100 (12.71). She anchored both the national qualifying 4x400 relay and the 4x100 relay that was fifth in 51.95.

Other individual top four finishers included Cassie Lehman (3rd, 100 hurdles, 15.66), Haleigh Osborne (3rd, shot, 12.49m), Jill Roughia (4th, steeplechase, 12:31.75) and Kelsey Green (4th, discus, 35.98m).

Bethel won the women's team title with a score of 227 followed by Indiana Wesleyan (221), HU (86), Goshen (78), Taylor (64), Grace (55.50), St. Francis (37), Spring Arbor (24) and Marian (22.50).

On the men's side, Nick Johnson had a great double winning both the 5000 and 10,000 meter races in 15:05.14 and 32:07.88 respectively to earn his first track MCC All-Conference honor. He also ran a leg of the men's 4x800 relay that finished sixth in 8:20.01. Joseph Njeri earned All-Conference honors for the second time in his track career with both a second place finish in the 10,000 in 33:16.88 and a third place in the 5000 in 15:19.28.

Two other Foresters, Kameron Bailey and Sean LaFontaine, met qualifying standards to compete in the NAIA National Championships. Bailey was second in the 200 in 21.77, a time that broke the school's 16 year record of 22.04 set by Matt Langdon in 1993 while LaFontaine qualified in the 400 hurdles with a fifth place finish in 55.25.

Other highlights from men's action included a second place finish by Lucas Beach (shot, 15.19m) and Dan Lindbloom (steeplechase, 9:29.67), third place finishes by Matthias Haller (800, 1:57.65) and Aaron Mills (pole vault, 3.95m) and a fourth place finish by Joseph Herber (5000, 15:23.39).

Bethel edged Taylor by four points and Indiana Wesleyan by five for the men's title with a total of 166. HU was fourth with 103 followed by Spring Arbor (73), St. Francis (53), Goshen (51), Marian (41) and Grace (2).

 
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