Track and Field Finishes Fifth in MIAA Championships

Adrian had three high jumpers place in the MIAA Championships on Friday with Nicholas Jackson (center) finishing first, followed by Daz Lawrence (left) in second John Hamilton in seventh.
Adrian had three high jumpers place in the MIAA Championships on Friday with Nicholas Jackson (center) finishing first, followed by Daz Lawrence (left) in second John Hamilton in seventh.

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Adrian College track and field teams finished in fifth place at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Outdoor Championships that finished on Friday, May 3. The Bulldogs won three events – the men's 110-meter dash, men's high jump, and men's triple jump.

MEN'S PLACERS

Adrian finished second and third in the 100-meter, with senior Randy Fry running a 10.63 and sophomore Marcus Higginbottom finishing behind him in third with a 10.92, both setting PRs in the process. Fry moves in to 13th in the nation with his time from the championships. Fry also set a PR in the 200-meter, finishing second with a time of 21.38. That is also a PR for the senior and moves him into 10th in Division III.

Sophomore Denzel Tinsley had AC's only track win with his first-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. He ran a PR time of 14.41 and jumped up to eighth in the nation. Senior Jordan Davis finished second with a time of 14.73 to give the Black and Gold 18 team points in the race. Davis is also currently in a qualifying position, sitting in 14th place with his time from last week. Davis also finished second in the 400-meter finals with his time of 55.35.

Freshman Robert Diebold showed his skills all year long and picked up two team points with his seventh-place finish in the 5000-meter with his time of 15:32.22.

The high jump has been Adrian's best event all year long, and three Bulldogs placed this weekend, with AC holding the top two spots. Sophomores Nicholas Jackson and Daz Lawrence finished first and second, respectively, and junior John Hamilton took home seventh in the event. Jackson and Lawrence are currently tied for tenth in the nation in the event.

Three members of the Black and Gold also placed in the long jump from Thursday, with Hamilton finishing fifth, followed by sophomore Idris Daranijoh in seventh, and Lawrence in eighth. Hamilton's jump of 21'3.25" is a PR.

Hamilton also set a PR in the triple jump, finishing first with a distance of 47'1.75". That mark puts him 21st in the nation, just outside of the top 20 that qualifies for the NCAA Championships. Junior Kevon Spence also placed in the triple jump, finishing in eighth place.

The men's 4x100 relay team consisting of Tinsley, Higginbottom, Davis, and Fry finished in second place while the 4x400 team finished in fifth place to round out the team points for AC. The 4x100 team is still sitting pretty for nationals, with the third-fastest time from earlier in the year.

Those contending for a national qualifying spot will now head to Naperville, Ill. Next weekend for the Dr. Keeler Invitational, hosted by North Central College. That wil be followed by the Great Lakes NCAA Final Qualifying Meet the following weekend before the NCAA Championships the final weekend of the month for the athletes that end up qualifying.

WOMEN'S PLACERS

Sophomore Taylor Sinclair picked up a pair of third-place finishes in the sprints earning six points in both the 100-meter and 200-meter. She set PRs in both, running a 12.66 in the 100-meter and a 25.94 in the 200-meter.

Freshman Torrie Summers picked up eight team points with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Summers jumped up five spots and shaved a second-and-a-half off her time in the finals, finishing with a PR of 15.90.

Violet Smith earned four team points on Thursday with her fifth-place finish in the hammer throw. The junior had a distance of 135'1", setting a PR that is over three feet better than her previous best.

Also picking up points on Thursday were senior Rayona Hart-Wilson and junior Abbie Lefevre in the long jump. Hart-Wilson came in fourth with a distance of 16'1.5" while Lefevre's jump of 15'9" earned her seventh place. Hart-Wilson followed that up with another fourth-place finish on Friday, this time earning the five team points in the triple jump with her distance of 34'4.75".

The women's team had one more place in the field events, with sophomore Britney Carnagie finishing second in the javelin throw. She improved on her throw fram last week by almost eight feet, with a distance of 124'9".

Both relays for Adrian finished in fifth place, with the 4x100 team running a 52.20 and the 4x400 finishing with a time of 4:21.75.