TRK: Berg opens 2019 outdoor campaign

TRK: Berg opens 2019 outdoor campaign

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Just one week after wrapping up the 2019 indoor season at the National Championships, the Heidelberg University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina University this week.

Among a tough field of competition from all three NCAA divisions and unattached running clubs, the Student Princes still managed to put down some impressive times on the track.

"It was a great week for our kids with lots of early conference qualifiers, PR's and quality training," said head coach Joe Yoder. "We are excited for this outdoor season as we look to improve our conference and national rankings."

Highlights from Thursday:

Men's 10,000m: Austin Neura paced the field and finished first overall with a time of 31:24.86. Neura's margin of victory was 23.49 seconds over a field littered with NCAA DI, DII, DIII and unattached runners.

Women's 10,000m: Amanda Elkins crossed the line fifth with a time of 39:09.64. Elkins was the top NCAA DIII finisher in a field just as diverse as the men's contest.

Highlights from Friday:

Men's 4x800m Relay: The Heidelberg quartet finished in ninth with a time of 8:34.01.

Women 400m: In her collegiate debut, Jada Thomas toed the line seventh overall, clocking a time of 1:08.43. Khaliah Staples was shortly behind Thomas with a ninth place finish in a time of 1:09.06. Also competing for the Student Princes was freshman Allison Arnold who finished in 16th with a time of 1:14.93. The run marked Arnold's first competition in more than two years after recovering from injury.

Highlights from Saturday:

Men's High Jump: Wes Fritz placed fourth in the high jump with 1.88m (6-02). The indoor national qualifier passed on the opening rounds and hit the 1.88 mark on his first try.

Men's 400m Hurdles: Kenny Beucler placed second overall with a time of 53.61 seconds, falling to Christian Smith of St. Augustines (DII) by just five tenths of a second.

Women's 400m Hurdles: Allison Schwarzbek crossed the line in seventh with a time of 1:06.61.

Up Next:

The Berg returns to the track on March 22-23 at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational hosted by Muskingum University.