ANGOLA, IND. – Manchester University's men's and women's indoor track and field teams kept an early-season theme of solid efforts going at Trine University's Keith Turner Alumni Invitational Saturday, Jan. 21.
The Spartans, in just their second weekend of competition after claiming six event championships in their season opener at Rose-Hulman, added six more inside Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center. MU's men were led by senior Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) who won the 3000 meters in 8:54.76, while the Spartans' women's crew received titles from senior Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (mile – 5:17.95); junior Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio) (pole vault – 10 feet, 11 and three-quarter inches); freshman Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) (long jump – 15 feet, three and a half inches); freshman Austin Jones (Lapel, Ind.) (high jump – four feet, seven and three quarters inches) and the distance medley relay quartet of Jordan, sophomore Dasia Beck (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshmen Emily Ewen (Wolcott, Ind.) and Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) (12:56.66).
The distance medley relay team made a lot of noise in their event, winning by 36 seconds over runner-up Grace College and setting a new school record in the process. The time toppled the former mark, set in 2015, by nearly two full seconds (12:58.08) and zoomed the Black and Gold into a top 10 slot on the current Track and Field Results Reporting System/Direct Athletics Division III performance list. Keller made similar strides in the pole vault, re-setting the program standard and climbing into the national top 35. DeWitt added a third school mark for Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Brian Cashdollar's squad, racing to a 47.04-second clocking in the 300 to topple one of the longest-standing marks at Manchester University set in 1983 by Sherry Burkholder (47.31).
The Black and Gold men's team added a record-setting performance of its own. Senior hurdler Jordan Crosby (Indianapolis, Ind.) clocked a 9.01-second finish in the 60 meter hurdles to best his old school mark of 9.13 by 12-hundredths of a second.
MU breaks from competition next weekend, returning to action Saturday, Feb. 4, at Anderson University's Raven Invitational.