HANOVER, Ind. – The Adrian College track and field teams opened the outdoor season with a strong showing at the Hanover Invitational hosted by Hanover College on Saturday, March 30. The men's team finished in third place while the women came in sixth.
TOP MEN'S PERFORMANCES
The Bulldogs' men's team stood atop the podium in seven events to open the season, including sweeping the two hurdles events. Senior Jordan Davis won the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles while sophomore Idris Daranijoh came in second in the 400-meter hurdles.
Adrian also had a 1-2 finish in the 100-meter dash, with sophomores Donovan Ervin and Marcus Higginbottom taking the top two spots, respectively. Ervin then followed that up with a second-place finish in the 200 meters.
Freshman distance runner Robert Diebold continued his strong first year by winning the 5000-meter race.
The 4x100 team looking to repeat as All-Americans got off to a strong start, winning the event in Hanover by a second and a half, with the team of Ervin, Higginbottom, Davis, and junior Kevon Spence looking strong. Three of the four members of Saturday's relay squad were on the All-American team last year, with Spence being the new addition.
High jumping was one of Adrian's strengths in the indoor season and AC continued to flex its muscles in the event outdoors, with the top three finishers all wearing the Black and Gold. Sophomore Daz Lawrence finished first with a height of 6'6.75", classmate Nicholas Jackson was behind him in second with a jump of 6'4.75", and junior John Hamilton rounded out the trio with a jump of 6'2.75".
Hamilton would go on to win the triple jump with a distance of 40'7" while Spence came in third.
Spence also came in third in the long jump, with Daranijoh finishing second in that event.
TOP WOMEN'S PERFORMANCES
The women's team took first place in three events, including both short sprints, courtesy of Taylor Sinclair. The sophomore ran a 13.34 in the 100 meter and a 26.93 in the 200 meters. Senior Rayona Hart-Wilson came in fourth in both events and freshman Torrie Summers finished third in the 100 meters.
Hart-Wilson had a successful day of jumping, winning the long jump and coming in second in the triple jump, with distances of 17'2" and 34'0.25", respectively. The Bulldogs had two more top-five finishes, with junior Kyla Sovran coming in fourth in the 400 meters and freshman Ashly Luther also finishing in fourth place in the javelin throw.
The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday, April 6 when the squad heads to Tiffin, Ohio for the Tiffleberg Invitational hosted by Heidelberg University.