T&F performs well under the lights at BW

(Doug Sampson)
(Doug Sampson)

BEREA -- The Heidelberg University track and field teams enjoyed another record-setting evening at the Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet at Baldwin Wallace on Friday. The women's 4x100 meter relay broke a nine-year old record, beating it by more than 0.4 seconds.

McKenzie Biniker, Bethany Beaver, Sarah Hunter and Kelsey Grove clocked a 48.09 in the 4x1. The previous record holders -- Colleen Nitchman, Catie Evers, Angela Zellner and Alexis Goodman -- had a 48.51 in 2008.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team -- Jerrod Lyon, Dan Stoll, Kenny Beucler and Devaun Churchya -- took four seconds off their season best, finishing in 3:14.96. That time puts them in 11th place in the nation with one week of competition remaining. The top 16 relay teams qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, held this year at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

In the men's hammer throw, Tristan Durr's memorable season continued. His throw of 53.20m was second overall, but first among Division III competition. Durr has not been beaten by a Division III thrower this season. In the nation, he sits 10th.

Harley Berlesky took 1:20 off her PR in the 5k race. She came in at 19:47.

Olivia Hipp cleared 1.64m in the high jump and sits 36th in the nation. The top 22 marks qualify for nationals.

Wes Fritz cleared 1.99m on Friday, but his mark of 2.07m set earlier this season is still the 11th-best mark in the nation.

In the 400 hurdles, Kenny Beucler's season-best mark of 53.75 has him 21st overall, with the top 20 qualifying for nationals.

The final chance for Student Princes to punch their ticket to Geneva comes at next week's meet at North Central College.