HOLLAND, Mich. – The Adrian College track and field teams got underway in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Outdoor Championships on Thursday, May 2 on the campus of Hope College. Day one included the shot put, hammer throw, and long jump field events; the 10k; and the preliminary rounds for running events up to the 800-meter. The men's team ended the day with seven points for sixth place while the women racked up 11 points to put them in seventh.
The women's team got seven of its points in the long jump, with senior Rayona Hart-Wilson coming in fourth and junior Abbie Lefevre finishing in seventh. Hart-Wilson's jump of 16'1.5" earned her the five points while Lefevre had a distance of 15'9". The other four points for the women's team came from junior Violet Smith in the hammer throw with her fifth-place finish. Smith set a PR with her throw of 135'1", over three feet better than her previous best.
The men's team picked up all seven of its points in the long jump, with finishes of fifth, seventh, and eighth. Junior John Hamilton came in fifth place with a PR jump of 21' 3.25". Sophomores Idris Daranijoh and Daz Lawrence were Adrian's other two placers, with jumps of 20'11.25" and 20'6.25", respectively.
The men's team had four athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow in as many events. Senior Randy Fry came in second place in both the 100-meter and 200-meter. Joining him in the finals of the 100-meter is sophomore Marcus Higginbottom, who came in third place. Senior Jordan Davis took home the top spot in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles to qualify and sophomore Denzel Tinsley was right behind him in the 110-meter with a second place finish to also make it through.
Two women's team members qualified for the finals, with sophomore Taylor Sinclair coming in third in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter. Sinclair qualified in the 100-meter with a PR time of 12.79. Joining her is freshman Torrie Summers, who came in seventh place in the 100-meter hurdles to qualify.
Tomorrow's field schedule will consist of the high jump, javelin, triple jump, discus, and pole vault and starts at 10 a.m. The men will go first in the high jump, javelin, and pole vault, while the women will start with the triple jump and discus before switching.
The track events start at 1:30 and will see the 3k steeplechase, 4x100 relay, 1500-meter, 110-meter/100-meter hurdles, 400-meter, 100-meter, 800-meter, 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter, 5k, and conclude with the 4x400 relay at approximately 4:45 p.m. The men will run first, followed by the women in each event.