Track and field battles weather at Spartan Invitational


The SVSU track and field team overcame inclement conditions at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing which took place on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7.

The event was composed of all levels of competition from NAIA to Division I.

“Overall, there were some rough performances that were hard to salvage because of the snow and cold weather,” women’s distance coach Angelina Ramos said. “Instead of making excuses as to why things didn’t go well, we had some tough kids that went out and competed.”

Taylor Lucas had a great performance in the triple jump on Friday and long jump on Saturday.

Friday’s triple jump mark of 10.3 meters was good for a new personal record and eigth place overall in the event. Saturday’s long jump score was good for 12th place with a jump of 4.91 meters.

Although Lucas may have PR’d, she knows that there is more work ahead.

“After (Friday) I know exactly what I need to work on to do better and so do my teammates,” she said. “There is always room for improvement no matter what the circumstance.”

Other women with strong performances in field events included freshman Donna Jean Eschenbacher, who took ninth in the triple jump with a score of 9.99 meters. Eschenbacher also had a strong performance in the long jump with a 5.32 meter jump that qualified her for an eigth-place finish in the event.

The women’s high jump was led by Jaden Liedel with a 1.5-meter jump, good for an 11th-place finish. Lily Francisco placed 13th in discus with a throw of 10.79 meters.

The Lady Cards were also successful in track events.

The team of Sam Warren, Lauren Huebner, Eschenbacher and Brooke Sutyak placed third in the women’s 4×100 relay with a time of 50.21. Allison Dorr had a time of 4:53.76, which was good for a 12th-place finish in the women’s 1,500 meter.

In the 400-meter, Warren took eigth place with a time of 1:03.50. Morgan Fuerst had a strong fourth-place finish in the women’s 800-meter with a time of 2:20.79.

On the men’s side, despite the harsh weather conditions, Nick Endres achieved personal best marks in both the hammer throw and shot put.

Endres’ hammer throw mark of 47 meters was good for a ninth-place finish, and his shot put mark of 14.12m was good for seventh place.

Endres was excited about both his and his team’s accomplishments for the day considering the difficult conditions.

“The difficult weather made it harder for everyone to really perform at the best of their abilities,” Endres said. “Although the conditions were bad, it was great being able to watch my teammates compete.”

Other strong performances by the men in field events included Johnathon Johnson’s third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 13.38 meter.

Noah Vanderveen took first in the high jump with a mark of 2.10 meters. Sam Black took 10th in men’s javelin with a mark of 37.6 meters. Ryan Kelly had a throw of 41.68 meters in men’s discus that was good for ninth place in the event.

In track events, the team was led by Jamelle Russel, Travon Phillips, Juan Bowers and Andrew Mudd in the 4×100 relay with a time of 42.87 that was good for a second-place finish.

Timmy Kimball placed 11th in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:07.40, and Mudd took third in the 400-meter with a time of 50.38. Riley Feeney had a time of 2:00.57 in the 800-meter that helped him achieve a ninth-place finish. In the 400-meter hurdles, Cordell Richardson had a time of 1:00.40 that was good for a sixth-place finish.

The team of Mudd, Bowers, Phillips and Richardson took third in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:32.47.

The track and field teams will compete again next week in the Cal State LA Twilight Open in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, April 12. The teams will continue their road trip through Friday, April 13, as they send competitors to a handful of meets at Cerritos College, Bucknell University and Oakland University.