SEWARD, Neb. — The Bethany College indoor track and field team competed this weekend in the Concordia University Invitational.
"I am ecstatic with our team's performances this weekend," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "We made huge strides as a team today and set 20 personal bests. With conference next week, I feel that we are right where we need to be. The coaching staff is extremely proud of our efforts and look forward to a great conference meet. Our team and coaching staff are also very proud of coach Drew Frizzell for hitting the USA national mark in the weight throw!"
Senior Kaitlyn Davis led the way for the Swedes with a National A standard high jump, placing second with a 1.64m performance.
In the 60, junior Amy Bosley, freshman Lauren Anderson and senior Sierra Sherrod each qualified for the finals. Bosley ran an 8.34, followed by Anderson at 8.49 and Sherrod at 8.53.
Sophomore Layne Gilliland ran near her personal best in the 400 at 1:03.82, good for 18th place. In the one-mile run, freshman Macey Dinkel set a 20-second personal record at 6:34.28, finishing 14th. Sherrod finished 19th in the long jump with a 4.52m mark.
In the 200, Bosley finished 14th at 28.07, followed by Anderson in 21st at 28.75 and Sherrod in 23rd at 29.47. Freshman Cally Albers placed 11th in the 600 with a time of 2:08.30. In the 800, freshman Araceli Aburto finished 24th at 2:53.65. Freshman Elizabeth Benoit took 19th in the 3000m run with a 13:13.72 performance.
On the men's side, sophomore Taylor Stull finished 11th in the heptathlon, setting a personal best and personal record in five of the seven events. Stull recorded a 7.59 in the 60, 1.73 in the high jump, 5.86 in the long jump, 9.85m in the shot put, 3:09.24 in the 1000m, 11.64 in the 60m hurdles, 2.30 in the pole vault and 5.86m in the long jump.
Junior Jeremiah Gerardy finished 11th in the one-mile run with a time of 4:36.04. Gerardy also placed 16th in the 3000m run at 9:15.35.
In the men's 200, Barry Garfinkel, Luis Marrero, senior Ethan Linden, and sophomore Juan Sermo all set personal bests. Linden finished 29th 24.49, followed by Garfinkel in 32nd at 24.63, Marrero in 42nd at 26.00, and Sermo in 46th at 26.38.
Sophomore Zach Hartwell ran a three-second personal best in the 800 at 2:05.05, finishing 19th. Senior Jordan Dahlke hit a season best in the 600 at 1:27.10, good for 10th place.
Freshman Seth Maples placed 15th in the 400 with a time of 52.54. Junior James Farris took seventh in the 1000 at 2:41.63, followed by senior William Nez, III at 3:02.91. Nez, III also finished 27th in the one-mile run at 5:13.42.
The men's 4 x 400 relay team of Maples, Farris, Hartwell, and Dahlke finished 17th with a 3:37.08 performance.
The Swedes next compete at the KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 7-8 at Kansas State University in Manhattann.