Bulldogs Compete in Final Event before MIAA Championships

Marcus Higginbottom (right) and Donovan Ervin both sit in the top five of the 100-meter heading into the MIAA championships next weekend.
Marcus Higginbottom (right) and Donovan Ervin both sit in the top five of the 100-meter heading into the MIAA championships next weekend.

HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Adrian College track and field teams competed in the Gina Relays hosted by Hillsdale College from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. The men came in sixth place out of 27 scoring teams while the women finished in 15th place out of 28 teams that earned at least a point.

MEN'S TOP PERFORMANCES

Senior Randy Fry had a big week in the sprints, finishing fourth in the 100-meter and first in the 200-meter. His times of 10.68 in the 100 and 21.79 in the 200 are personal records for Fry. He now is 17th in the nation in the 100-meter and leads the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in both races.

Sophomore Marcus Higginbottom also set a PR in the 100-meter with a time of 10.94, moving him up to fourth in the MIAA, giving the Black and Gold three athletes (Fry, Higginbottom, and sophomore Donovan Ervin) in the top five of the 100-meter heading into the conference championships next weekend.

Adrian had two athletes place in the 110-meter hurdles, with senior Jordan Davis coming in fifth and sophomore Denzel Tinsley finishing seventh. Davis ran a 14.64 and Tinsley finished with a time of 14.80 to put them 1-2 atop the MIAA leaderboard. Both moved into the top 20 in the nation as well, with Davis sitting in 13th and Tinsley in 20th. Sophomore Idris Daranijoh also made moves in the conference rankings on the week, and currently holds the eighth spot in the 110-meter hurdles.

Sophomore jumpers Nicholas Jackson and Daz Lawrence continued their strong seasons, finishing fifth and sixth in the event, with both reaching the 6'8.25" mark. They're tied for the lead in the conference and junior teammate John Hamilton joins them in the top five at fourth place. Jackson and Lawrence are also ranked nationally, both tied for ninth in all of Division III.

WOMEN'S TOP PERFORMANCES

Sophomore Taylor Sinclair moved up to fourth in the MIAA in the 100-meters with her PR time of 12.82. This goes along with her PR in the 200-meter from last week that put her in fifth place in the conference.

Freshman Ashly Luther jumped up into the top five in the conference in the high jump with her PR height of 4'9.75". In the long jump, junior Abbie Lefevre currently sits in seventh in the MIAA after her jump of 15'11.5" this week.

The Bulldogs had two performances in the throws put them in the top 10 in the conference with junior Violet Smith in the hammer throw and sophomore Britney Carnagie in the javelin. Smith had a throw of 126'4" to put her 10th in the conference while Carnagie moves into second in the MIAA in the javelin with her throw of 116'10". This was the first time Carnagie has thrown this year after coming back from an injury she suffered during the indoor season. She will be looking to defend her title in the javelin throw after winning the event last year with a throw of 138'10".

Adrian's next event is the MIAA Outdoor Championships, hosted by Hope College. The two-day event starts on Thursday, May 2 at 12 p.m. and finishes up on Friday, May 3, with the action starting at 10 a.m. on day two.