Two fourth place finishes for HU

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2007-04-28
 Both the men and women's track teams earned a fourth place finish in the Mid-Central Conference Championships. Indiana Wesleyan swept both meets winning the men's championship with 208 points and the women's with 195.5.

In men's action, HU took six firsts with two runners earning a pair of wins. Joseph Njeri won the 5000 meter run in 15:42.12 and the 10,000 meter run in 32:29.16. Joel Sanders crossed the line first in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:55.39 and the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:04.27. Lucas Beach won the shot put event with a personal best toss of 16.58m while Dan Lindbloom posted the winning time of 9:36.91 in the 3000 meter steeplechase and finished second in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:43.47. The men's 4x800 relay (Luke Diehl, Cody Hannie, Lindbloom, Sanders) broke the school record and met provisional qualification standards to participate in the NAIA National Championships in May with their time of 7:49.66. The previous school record was 7:55.01 set in 2005. Beach, Lindbloom, Njeri and Sanders each earned MCC All-Conference honors.

Following Indiana Wesleyan in the standings were Bethel (184), Taylor (142), HU (113), Goshen (61), St. Francis (50), Marian (45) and Spring Arbor (3).

On the women's side, the Foresters won three individual events and the 4x400 relay. Brittany Fillman won the 400 meter dash and set a new personal record with her time of 58.73. Emily Holliday won the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:51.02 and Bethany McGraw landed first and a personal best in the triple jump with a leap of 35-07.00. The 4x400 relay of Michelle Kyler, Lauren Davenport, Fillman and Katie Crandall won with a time of 3:59.57 and qualified for the NAIA national meet.

McGraw added a second place in the long jump with her mark of 16-06.25 and HU's 4x800 relay (Fillman, Jessah Brumbaugh, Jill Roughia, Davenport) took second and qualified for the national meet with their time of 9:33.80. Fillman, Holliday and McGraw were joined by Crandall on the MCC All-Conference team. Crandall finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.75) and the high jump (5-0), fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:08.37) and she ran a leg of the winning 4x400 relay.

Bethel finished second behind Indiana Wesleyan with 141 points followed by Marian (131), HU (109), Goshen (97), Taylor (63.5), Spring Arbor (35), Grace (21) and St. Francis (19).
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