Greenville, IL: The Alice Lloyd College Women & Men’s Outdoor Track and Field squads concluded their seasons last week at the NCCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held in Greenville, Illinois.
In order to advance to nationals, a qualifying time or distance must be reached in an event held during the school year. The Pippa Passes crew had ten different athletes who earned the right to participate in the prestigious event, and it was a great learning experience for all involved.
In order to clinch a spot as an NCCAA All-American in any event, the athlete had to finish on the podium, meaning a difficult top-three placement was required. The Caney Creek squad had three individuals who just missed this requirement, as they earned very impressive 4th Place finishes. In addition, 3 ladies and 7 men helped earn points for the Bluegrass team.
For the lady’s side of the equation, freshmen Riley Schreck and Sara Cecil both finished in 4th Place for their events. In the Javelin, Schreck finished with a solid throw of 31.79m (104.03ft). In the 100 m Hurdles, Cecil crossed the line in a great time of 1:09.08. Both earned 5 big points for the squad. Additionally, fellow freshman Jordan Riley earned 2 points in the 3000M Steeplechase, with her time of 14:48.9. This placed her in 7th position overall.
For the men, senior Mark Slusher was the top-point-earner, with his performance in the Hammer Throw. His distance of 45.92m (150.08ft) was good for 4th Place and 5 team points
The 4x800m Relay Team (Alex Lewis, Owen Lindsey, Micah Blankenship, Anthony Hidalgo) earned 4 points with their 5th Place finish, in a nice time of 8:20.39.
Senior Ryan Morris earned 8th Place in the Men’s 10,000 M run as his 33:59 time was worth 1 point.
Sophomore Andre Harless finished 8th in the 400 M hurdles (101:07) which were worth another point for the Eagles.
The youthful ALC club finished the season on a high note, and rookie Head Coach John Driskill looks to advance even further in 2022 since he returns the bulk of his squad next season.