Track Teams Has Success Far And Wide

Track Teams Has Success Far And Wide

The AU track and field team got the outdoor season started on Saturday (Mar. 29) in impressive fashion. The Eagles competed in two completely different venues but one thing was constant - their rate of success.

Head coach Jud Logan has taken the AU throwers to the Weems-Baskin Invitational in Columbia, S.C., for a number of years. This is an event littered with Division I schools. Nevertheless, the Eagles are always welcome due to the quality of throwers they can bring to the field.

In the women's hammer throw, Cynthia Watt was first (199-8) and Jessica Bridenthal was second (185-10). Kaylea Zick finished fourth (144-6).

Bridenthal led the field in the women's shot put (47-1).

AU strength and conditioning coach A.G. Kruger was first in the men's hammer throw (250-2). Zac Ball was second (207-2), Jared Conklin was third (182-8), Mack Taylor was fourth (178-3) and James Clay Harris was fifth (176-11).

The Eagles also excelled in the men's discus. Kyle Steinhauser was the runner-up (162-4) and Jason Zahn was third (160-7). Chris Powell was fourth (156-10) followed by Harris in fifth place (153-5).

AU also sent a contingent of athletes to the nearby Wooster Invitational. This event was cut short due to the snow and rain that attacked the area Saturday afternoon. However, the Eagles took over before the elements took center stage.

Kim Habegger was first (199-1) in the women's hammer throw. Megan Tomei was second (167-1), Abigail Burgdorf was third (166-2) and Jamie Sindelar was fourth (148-8).

Sindelar was first (45-6.25) in the shot put. Tomei was second (43-7.75) and Burgdorf was third (38-6).

Burgdorf was second in the javelin (96-8). Marlecia Holston was first (16-3.25) in the women's long jump and Alexandra Kovarik was second (15-5.5).

For the men, Max Ertle was second (20-5) in the long jump. In the shot put, Elijah Talk was first (50-10.75) and Jared Whitcomb was second (50-7.50). Clayton Jury was first (181-11) in the hammer and Whitcomb was second (162-5).