Track & field records go up in smoke at ONU

Track & field records go up in smoke at ONU

ADA, Ohio – A tumultuous week for the Heidelberg University track teams was capped by five record-setting performances on Saturday at the Joe Banks Invitational at Ohio Northern University.

After a disappointing meet a week ago, Heidelberg did not have a play to train during the week. Their indoor practice facility was closed due to a small fire that occurred in the early morning hours last Sunday.

Despite the adversity, the women's team finished fourth and the men's team placed fifth on Saturday.

"We had great performances for the entire team, considering we had no indoor facility to practice in all week," said interim head coach Ron Martin. "Our student-athletes made the best of their circumstances."

For the women, Madison Haasz won two field events. In the weight throw, Haasz threw 15.07m, setting a school record. Haasz also won the shot put with a toss of 12.38m.

Sophie Goobic was the first of three Student Princes to finish in the top five of the 800m run. Placing second, Goobic's time of 2:21.37 set a school record. Hayley Cochran and Allie Dresser finished third and fifth.

Bobbi Custer won the 500m run with a school-record time of 1:19.78. Custer joined Bethany Beaver, Taylor Dillon and Amanda Mosier in the 4x200m relay. The quartet finished in second with a time of 1:50.87.

In the 4x400m relay, Custer, Dillon, Cochran and Caty Orr finished in third.

In the 3000m run, Dani Blum finished second with a time of 10:51.75.

The men's team, ranked No. 24 in the nation, was paced by standout performances from Josh Lynch and Gage Falcone.

Lynch broke his own school record and won the triple jump, leaping 14.93m. Lynch finished third in the long jump with a distance of 6.68m.

Falcone set his school record with a distance of 16.45m in the weight toss. He followed up that win with a second-place throw of 14.22m in the shot put.

"Our athletes really are tough," said assistant coach Brian Grime. "It shows with their continued improvements."

The Student Princes will compete at the All-Ohio Championships next weekend. The meet will be hosted by Otterbein University.