Bluffton competes at Yellow Jacket Open
By: Evan Miller, sports information assistant
March 30, 2009
CEDARVILLE, Ohio - The Bluffton University men's and women's track and field teams
traveled to Cedarville University on March 28, 2009, for the Cedarville University
Open. The women's team placed fourth of six and the men's team finished third out
of six teams.
Bluffton's Kayla Pickering (Jamestown/Greenview) got the Beavers off to a quick start in the first event of the
day. Pickering finished third in the women's shot put, with a throw of 34-09.50, which
was also good for six points. In the pole vault, Grace Needler (Columbus Grove) took second place, reaching a height of 8-06.00. Britany Waidelich (Archbold/Pettisville) placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 14-08.00.
Both Allison Trent (Orrville/Smithville) and Megan Neal (Arlington) scored points for Bluffton in the javelin throw. Trent finished fifth
with a throw of 62-02 feet and Neal followed right behind in sixth place, with a throw
of 55-11 feet. Bluffton also had two women place in the women's high jump. Kourtney Lewis (Arlington/Riverdale) was involved in a three-way tie for second place in the event,
with a height of 4-11.00. Ashley Smith (Delta/Pike-Delta-York) placed in a two-way tie for seventh with a height of 4-05.00.
In the women's hammer, Karyn Davis (Liberty Center) took three points along with sixth place as she had a throw of 107-00.
Finishing just behind Davis was Kayla Pickering, throwing a distance of 106-00, to
put her in seventh place. Karyn Davis also had a strong performance in the discus,
placing third with a throw of 92-05. Bluffton's Allison Trent also finished eighth
in the same event, earning one point.
Bluffton's 4x100 team placed fourth, combining for a time of 54.87. The team was made
up of Katy Wisby (Lancaster/Bloom Carroll), Kourtney Lewis, Donelle Parker (Painsville/Thomas W. Harvey) and Grace Needler. Heather Smith (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) ran a time of 5:26.89 in the women's 500 meter run, which
was good for sixth place. In the 400 meter dash, Ashley Smith finished with a time
of 1:02.70, which was good for fifth place. Ashley Smith also took second place in
the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.06.
The 4x400 relay team, consisting of Sarah Binkley (Bluffton/Cory-Rawson), Heather Smith, Deb Davis (Seneca, Penn./Christian Life Academy) and Grace Needler placed fourth with a time
On the men's side, Jason Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) had a throw of 47-08.00 in the shot put, placing second. Robert Johnson (Columbus/Marion Franklin) had a long jump of 20-05.00, which placed him in fourth
overall. Michael Timpe (Swanton) represented Bluffton in the triple jump, coming in fourth place and picking
up six points with a jump of 35-02.00.
Jason Fisher also placed in two other throw events. Fisher took second place in the
hammer, with a throw measuring 164-10. He also found success in the discus, finishing
with a throw of 138-06, which was good for second. In both the hammer throw and the
discus, Fisher finished second behind a Cedarville Alumnus who participated in the
events, so Fisher captured 10 points and was the top collegiate athlete in both events.
In the men's 3000 meter steeplechase, Bluffton's Andrew Chaffee (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) put in a time of 11:04.53 which was good for third place
and six points. Bluffton's 4x100 meter relay team finished in third place with a time
of 45.49. The participants included Brandon Kindell (Kenton), Michael Timpe, Kevin Hickman (Centerburg) and Robert Johnson.
Ben Althaus placed fifth in the men's 400 meter dash, running a time of 53.23. Brandon Kindell
picked up two points for Bluffton in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.87. Robert
Johnson placed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.09. Ben Siebert (Celina), Andrew Chaffee, Kevin Hickman and Brandon Kindell combined to make up Bluffton's
4x400 meter relay team. The team took fourth with a time of 3:54.20.
Bluffton will next be in action on April 4, 2009, when the Beavers travel to Ohio
Wesleyan for the Marv Frye Invitational.