Track and Field Opens Season

Track and Field Opens Season

Saginaw, Mich. - The Alma College track and field teams traveled to Saginaw Valley State University on Friday (Dec. 6). The meet served as the indoor season opener for the Scots. The meet consisted of mostly NAIA and NCAA Division II schools.

Junior Stephanie Davis (Elmira, Mich. / Gaylord) became the first female athlete in program history to compete in the indoor pentathlon. The indoor pentathlon consists of five track and field events, the shotput, high jump, long jump, 60 meter hurdles, and 800 meter run. The first event was the 60 meter hurdles, Davis finished in 10th with a time of 10.46 seconds, earning 629 points. The next event was the high jump. Davis's best jump was 1.43 meters, good enough for ninth place and 544 points. In the shotput, Davis finished in seventh place with a toss of 9.61 meters. The throw earned her 504 points. In the long jump, Davis finished tied for 11th with a jump of 3.77 meters, good enough for 257 points. The final event was the 800 meter run, Davis finished in eighth with a time of 2:45.86. Overall Davis finished in 10th place with 2442 points out of 12 athletes.

Other Scots competing were juniors Grace Hearth (Freeland, Mich. / Valley Lutheran) and Audrey Padilla (Manistee, Mich. / Manistee). Hearth finished in 21st place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.46 seconds, while Padilla earned a 12th place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.93. Sophomore Elizabeth Gotaas (Alma, Mich. / Alma) finished the 5000 meter run in third place with a time of 21:32.20. On the men's side junior Timothy Minier (Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central) finished in 18th place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.37 seconds. Senior Luke Reed (Benzonia, Mich / Benzie Central) finished in fourth place in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:13.81.

The Scots will be back in action after the holiday break when they travel to SVSU again on Friday (Jan. 10). The meet will begin at 2:30 pm.