STERLING — The Bethany College track and field team returned to action on Friday and Saturday competing at the Sterling Invite.
Ben Hanson and Morgan Darden were crowned champions in three events each (shot put, discusand hammer throw) while Noah Smucker won the 400 hurdles.
"It was a very strong showing as we had countless personal records, one school record, and numerous event champions," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "Ben Hanson won three throws and capped this off with a school record by 5 cm in the men's hammer throw. Cody Derr followed suit by having strong performances in the shot and disc, and Seth White continued to improve in the javelin with another personal record and third-place finish. On the track, Noah Smucker won the 400 hurdles with a new personal record and Robyn Haynes set a new personal best in the 200. Ivan Perez set a new personal record in the 1,500 by over 20 seconds.
“On the women's side, Morgan Darden won three events, and Karessa Nordyke and Briana Dietz continued to show improvements in the throws. Both Kara Shaheen and Savannah Roth had strong performances in the javelin, and Halsie Large set a new personal record in the high jump with a third-place finish after a jump off. On the track, Araceli Aburto set a huge personal record in the 1500 along with teammates Kylee Martinez and Elizabeth Benoit."
Hanson was crowned champion in the men's shot put with a throw of 14.47m (47-05.75). Cody Derr finished third with a mark of 12.81m (42-00.50). In the men's discus, Hanson won the event with a 45.92m performance (150-08) while Cody Derr placed fourth with a throw of 40.09m (131-06). Hanson won the men's hammer throw with a 56.02m toss (183-09), followed by Cody Derr in fourth with a mark of 41.29m (135-05). Seth White placed third in the men's javelin with a throw of 49.82m (163-05).
On the women's side, Darden won the shot put with a throw of 11.65m (38-02.75), followed by Dietz in third at 10.44m (34-03.00). Darden was crowned champion in the discus throw with a mark of 39.72m (130-04). Nordyke took third at 32.04m (105-01), followed by Dietz in fifth at 29.58m (97-00). In the hammer throw, Darden won the event at 45.92m (150-08), followed by Nordyke in second at 39.61m (129-11) and Dietz in seventh at 33.43m (109-08).
Erika Klein finished eighth in the women's long jump with a 4.38m mark (14-04.50). Roth placed second in the pole vault at 2.58m (8-05.50). Large took third in the high jump with a 1.50m performance (4-11.00).
The women's 4 x 100 relay team of Erin Borchard, Amy Bosley, Klein and Large finished third with a time of 52.09.
In the women's 1,500 run, Aburto placed second at 5:20.83, followed by Martinez in fourth at 5:25.62 and Benoit in ninth at 5:35.13. Gilliland took 10th in the women's 800 with a time of 2:36.03 while Martinez finished 13th at 2:37.48 and Macey Dinkel in 19th at 2:46.84. Gilliland finished fourth in the 400 run with a mark of 1:03.00. In the 200, Large took seventh at 27.45, followed by Bosley in eighth at 27.53 and Klein in 13th at 29.93. Borchard placed sixth in the 100m dash with a time of 13.46 while Bosley took seventh at 13.55.
The men's 4 x 100 relay team of Smucker, Haynes, Cale Green and Erving Altamirano finished sixth with a time of 46.05.
Smucker won the 400 hurdles with a time of 56.66, followed by Bo Savage in ninth at 1:04.29. Savage also took ninth in the 100 hurdles at 18.28.
In the men's 1,500 run, Zach Hartwell finished 12th at 4:33.78, followed by Perez in 14th at 4:38.71. Hartwell placed 10th in the 800 run with a time of 2:05.62 while John Renner finished 20th at 2:18.99. Altamirano took seventh in the 400 with a 51.86, followed by Green in 10th at 53.69. In the 200, Haynes finished ninth at 22.75.
"The coaching staff is extremely happy with this weekend's performances," Ciolek said. "We had a great deal of personal records and very noticeable improvements. We look forward to continuing to get better as the season progresses, and for the big things to come the rest of this outdoor season.”
The Swedes next compete at the Baker Relays on April 4.