DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Adrian College track and field team began their 2015 campaign Saturday at the Defiance Invitational. The men and women each started their seasons strong as the men took third place with 70 points while the women placed seventh with 40 points.
The men were led by freshman Randolph Fry as he broke the Adrian College indoor record in 60 Meter Dash on a time of 7.16 seconds. Fry also took fourth in the 200 meter dash (23.16s) and fellow freshman Kevin Daniels took ninth place with a time of 23.72 seconds.
The distance runners were led by Dominick Reed and Thomas Windle as they each recorded a first place finish. Reed placed first in the 3000 meter run (9:06.63) and Windle took first in the 5000 meter run (15:56.00). Reed followed with a time of 16:21.65 and Daniel Malcolm and Nathan Schneider placed fourth (16:27.32) and fifth (16.37.56) respectively. Windle also took sixth place in the 1 mile run on a time of 4:28.90.
The throws saw William Simon take second place in the shot put with a throw of 14.18m.
Dolphin placed third in the 200 meter dash on a time of 27.34s and Takiyah Smith followed with an eighth place finish on a time of 28.15s. Smith also took seventh place in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.63s.
The distance runners for the women were led by Johnson as she placed third in the 5000 meter event (19.39.22) while Madison Cox took sixth place (21.27.79). Kimberly DeVore took sixth in the 800 meter run (2:36.02) and Emily Nixon placed eighth in the 3000 meter run on a time of 12:09.70.
The Jumps for the women saw Natalie Modes take eighth place in the long jump with a 4.94m effort.
Makaela Spence led the throws with a second place finish on an 11.43m throw in the shot put.
Coach Henry Brun commented on the teams effort, "The first indoor competition of the 2015 season brought about some impressive performances from both the men's and women's programs, highlighted by some great individual victories (3000m, 5000m), plenty of top-eight finishes, and the ability to announce a new Adrian College record holder (Fr. Randolph Fry - 60 Meter Dash). The future is looking very bright for AC Track & Field as a whole, with eyes on the ultimate goal of MIAAs in May. I couldn't be prouder."
There were 37 personal records and season's best set by Adrian College track athletes at Defiance College.
Head Coach James Larson commented on his team's performance, "We had a good day at Defiance with some really big performances. The coaching staff and I were pleased with the results, but as we reiterated with our athletes after the meet, we have room to improve and we will."