HLGU Track Participates at Nationals
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
by Jordan Argo
Marion, IN - Hannibal-LaGrange University track & field athletes participated in the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in Marion, IN. Andre Townsend, Philiph Tonui and Easton Padden represented the men's team while Breanna Newton, Nichole Griesbaum and Holland McCoy represented the women for HLGU.
Townsend was the first Trojan to participate in the championships as he ran in the 110 meter hurdles. Townsend finished the preliminary race with the second fastest time at 14.17 and the semifinal race in 14.37 to qualify for the 110 meter hurdle final. In the finals, Townsend stumbled out of the blocks but recovered nicely to finish in 6th place with a time of 14.34. The placing gave Townsend All-American honors as he became the first Trojan track athlete to be honored as an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Both Tonui and Griesbaum ran in the marathon while at nationals. Tonui ran in the top-10 for the entire race as he crossed the finish line in a time of 2:33:00.30. Tonui was only two places away from gaining All-American status as he finished the race in 8th. Griesbaum ran the marathon for the first time ever while at nationals. Before her trip to Marion, IN, the farthest race she had ran was a half marathon to qualify for nationals. Her time of 3:27:19.60 was well under her goal as she finished the race in 38th place. Newton rounded out the track session for the Trojans as she ran in the 1500 meter race. Her time of 4:46.10 gave her a 13th place finish.
Both McCoy and Padden participated in the field events for the Trojans. McCoy failed to clear the opening height in the high jump. She was well over the bar during her jumps but was unable to clear her legs, grazing the bar just enough to knock it over. Padden participated in the pole vault. His vault of 16'00.75" gave him a fifth place finish and All-American status. Both Padden and Townsend are the first two HLGU outdoor track & field athletes to become NAIA All-Americans.
The Trojans now enter the off season as the team prepares for the 2011-12 indoor and outdoor seasons under a new regime. Coach Tracy Jex will now take over a very successful track & field program that will return all six outdoor national qualifiers.
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