2004 Track and Field
vandy spring classic
Women's 4x100 Relay Record Highlights Shortened Meet
Sports Information Staff Report
March 20, 2004
In a meet shortened by late afternoon thunder and lightning storms, Bluffton's men's and women's track and field teams put forth enough strong performances to each place 7th out of 15 teams in the Vanderbilt Spring Classic.
The Beaver women provided their own lightning early in the day, as their 4x100 meter relay team of Cindy Allan, Jana Hammer, Rita Muether, and Amanda Habegger placed third in a tough field, with a new school record of 50.68 seconds. The latter three on that relay also supplemented their meets with strong individual performances. Hammer placed second overall in the 100 meters with her time of 12.89, finishing behind only national qualifier Corletra Mance of Rhodes College. Muether, meanwhile, finished sixth in the 400 meters in a time of 61.79, while Habegger placed eighth in the 100 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 16.21.
The men's sprints also claimed a few top finished during the day, beginning once again with the 4x100 meter relay. That quartet of Jason Lehman, Aaron Williams, Al Pearson, and Ryan Nusbaum finished fifth overall in a time of 43.65, Bluffton's best time outside of championship competition in recent years. Nusbaum and Williams both followed up the relay by picking up points for the Beavers in the 100 meters, with times of 11.30 and 11.34, respectively. Pearson, meanwhile, finished fifth overall in the 400 meters with his time of 50.42, just .02 off his personal-best in that event.
Bluffton also had athletes place high in both the throws and jumping events. Michele Bailey placed fourth overall, and third among collegiate athletes, in the hammer throw with a throw of 120' 1". Steve Myers picked up two top-six finishes, placing third in the discus throw (127' 2") and sixth in the hammer throw (117' 8"). Stephanie Welch also picked up a 4th-place finish in the high jump, while Laurel Miller placed 7th in the triple jump.
Other top performances on the day for Bluffton athletes included: Stephanie Welch (800m - 2:28.51), Jennifer Creamer (5000m - 20:01.61), Jamie Shores (PV - 8'), Shandon North (400m - 52.18), Johnny Ichrist (800m - 2:00.42), Jordon Bruner (800m - 2:00.53), Dave Espinoza (5000m - 16:41.12), and Colby Bright (TJ - 42' 3").
The Beavers return to action with their entire team this Tuesday, in an HCAC tri-meet against Defiance and Manchester. Bluffton's women defeated both HCAC foes at Vanderbilt, Anderson and Hanover, while the men split with the two, finishing ahead of Hanover but behind the Ravens.