CRETE, Neb. — The Bethany College indoor track and field teams kicked off their 2014 seasons on Saturday as they headed to the Ward Haylett Invitational at Doane College in Crete, Neb.
"I couldn't be happier with how our student-athletes opened up the season," new coach Ken Ciolek said. "A huge step forward was made today with many of the athletes achieving indoor personal bests. The coaching staff is excited to see the continued progression as we build toward the KCAC Championships."
In the women's 200, junior Amy Bosley finished 12th with a time of 27.90, followed by freshman Lauren Anderson in 16th at 28.43, senior Chelsea Stuewe in 19th at 28.73 and freshman Kyra Sprenger in 21st at 29.29. Sophomore Layne Gilliland placed ninth in the women's 400 with a 1:05.15 performance. Stuewe finished 10th at 1:06.05 and Sprenger in 14th at 1:14.00.
In the women's 800, sophomore Kylee Martinez placed 13th at 2:04.48, followed by freshman Cally Albers in 14th at 2:05.43.
Freshman Araceli Aburto took seventh in the women's 1,000 with a time of 4:04.50. Freshman Macey Dinkel placed 12th in the women's one-mile run with a 6:55.63 performance. In the women's 3000m run, freshman Elizabeth Benoit finished 15th at 13:14.00.
Senior Kaitlyn Davis finished sixth in the women's high jump with a 1.57m mark. In the women's pole vault, freshman LaShae Hedstrom placed sixth with a 2.98m performance.
Sophomore Miranda Burton took 15th in the women's weight throw with a mark of 8.78m.
In the men's 200, freshman Seth Maples finished 14th with a time of 23.93, followed by senior Ethan Linden in 22nd at 24.95, freshman Seth Derr in 24th at 25.04, sophomore Juan Sermo in 29th at 26.92,and senior Luis Marrero in 30th at 26.93.
Junior James Farris placed ninth in the men's 400 with a 54.40 performance. In the men's 600, sophomore Zach Hartwell took seventh at 1:31.54, followed by senior Taylor Plante in tenth at 1:35.84.
Junior Jeremiah Gerardy won the men's one-mile run with a time of 4:38.06.
"I was very impressed with how the team responded to the first competition," assistant coach Aaron Yoder said. "I appreciated the support and encouragement that was displayed through the meet. The distance crew showed a lot of grit in their races. Jeremiah capped off the day by winning the open mile race. Our men's and women's team both competed in the 4 x 800 and ran well. I'm grateful for the team and coaching staff we have and look forward to the next competition."
The men's 4 x 400 relay team of Maples, Linden, sophomore Tayler Stull and junior Robyn Haynes finished ninth with a time of 3:45.01.
The men's 4 x 800 relay team of Dahlke, Farris, Hartwell and Gerardy placed second with an 8:39.86 performance.
Stull placed fourth in the men's high jump with a 1.86m mark.
In the men's weight throw, junior Cody Derr placed 11th with an 11.23m performance, followed by sophomore Seth White in 16th at 9.84m.
"Today was the beginning of a great season," throws coach Drew Frizzell asid. "The throws squad made steps forward towards success. It's going to be an exciting year."
The Swedes return to action on Saturday at the Doane College Invitational at Doane College in Crete, Neb.