Oakland Completes Action at Mike Lints Open

Oakland Completes Action at Mike Lints Open

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ALLENDALE, Mich. - Lia Jones crossed the finish line first in the 5,000-meter run and Micah Jones finished first in the long jump for the women while Dave Magnotte and Niklas Rippon earned top-five finishes for the men as the Oakland men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Mike Lints Alumni Open Friday evening at the Kelly Family Sports Center.

"Overall today was a good test of where we are as we had a few personal records and that is a great sign of where our training is taking us," said head coach Paul Rice. "We will gear up for IPFW next week and take one step closer to the bigger meets ahead."

Lia Jones finished the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:09.88, the second consecutive week winning a race. Micah Jones finished with the top mark in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet, 10.25 inches. Desiree Pettiford earned a top-10 finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.49. Katelynne Hartman finished eighth in the shot put with a mark of 42 feet six inches and Shannon Getchen finished ninth in the weight throw with a throw of 46 feet 11.25 inches.

"Lia (Jones) ran the 5,000 today in workout mode at a tempo pace, and it was a great show of where her fitness is right now," added Rice. "Also, it was nice to see Micah (Jones) back and jumping again after she was sick over the past few weeks."

Magnotte earned a fifth place finish in the one-mile run with a time of 4:14.84 while Rippon finished fifth in the 60-meter run with a finals time of 8.42. Alex Katona earned a top-10 finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.82.

"(David) Magnotte's performance in the mile stands out to me as a sign of how we are improving," said coach Rice. "Actually most of our mid-distance guys performed well today."

Oakland will be on the track next weekend as they will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Saturday as they will compete in the IPFW Quadrangular Meet starting at noon.