Aquinas - Saints Women Place Second At Aquinas Quad Meet
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The Aquinas women's indoor track and field team finished second in the team's 2017-18 home opener at the Alksnis Athletic and Recreation Building on Friday night (Jan. 19) in Grand Rapids.
AQ's team score of 155.50 was good for second place, behind Hope (180 points). Spring Arbor was third with 142 points, while Alma (89.50) placed fourth.
Adri Sigafoose (SR/McBain, Michigan) set a new Aquinas record in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:34:26, good for an automatic qualifier. Sigafoose's time is a new Cook Track record and broke the oldest-standing school record, set in 2000 by Vicky Sackett. It is the 10th school record that now belongs to Sigafoose, while her time is also the top ranking in all of NAIA this season.
Tyra Hunter (SO/Flint, Michigan) set an automatic qualifier by winning the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.98 seconds. It is also the sixth-fastest time in the NAIA in 2017-18. Amore Brown (JR/Flint, Michigan) placed third in 9.23 seconds, while Sierra King (SO/Mesick, Michigan) came in fourth at 9.52 seconds.
Alexis Miller (JR/Caledonia, MI) came in third place in the 600 meter run at 1:44.41. In the 800 meter run, Julia Kanack (FR/Wyandotte, Michigan) placed eighth in 2:36.53.
The Saints finished the 60 meter dash in spots one through four, as Courtney Truss (SR/Traverse City, Michigan) won the event in a time of 7.79 seconds to place ahead of Rosalia Russo in second place with a 7.84 second sprint. Eunice Eyamba (JR/Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Jordan Goodman (FR/Fountain, Michigan) were next up with times of 8.00 and 8.02 seconds, respectively.
In the 200 meter dash, Truss was victorious in a time of 25.82 seconds, hitting the B standard. Goodman was second at 26.51 seconds, with Russo, Analis Floyd (JR/Grand Rapids, Michigan), and Eyamba close behind.
Four of the top six spots in the 400 meter dash went to Aquinas, with Anna Repesh (SO/Holland, Michigan) placing second in a time of 1:03.50. She was followed by Nicole Diekema (SO/Holland, Michigan) in third (1:03.66) and Hannah Sperry (SO/Norton Shores, Michigan) in fourth (1:03.95). Julia Wink (JR/Western Springs, Illinois) placed sixth in 1:06.29.
AQ took the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:14.69, as Floyd, Diekema, Sperry, and Truss earned the first-place finish. The Saints took the top-two spots in the 4x800 meter relay, with the A team of Miller, Meghan Rasch (JR/Santa Clara, California), Whitney Taylor (FR/Mt. Pleasant, Michigan), and Sigafoose winning in a time of 9:34.01, which is the fastest time in the country of any NAIA relay squad.
Four of the top six finishers in the high jump were Saints, as Yara Marie Hugo (FR/Aschaffenburg, Germany) won the event at 1.55m. Brown and Skye Morgan (JR/Grand Rapids, Michigan) hit the 1.50m mark on their first attempt to tie for second place, while Hannah Hayes (FR/Troy, Michigan) cleared 1.50m on her third attempt and finished sixth. In the long jump, Morgan won the event at 5.28m, with Grace Meachum (JR/Traverse City, Michigan) in second place at 5.18m, and Brown in third at 5.13m.
Erin Drouillard (SR/Mecosta, Michigan) placed second in the pole vault at a height of 3.27m on her first try, while AmyGrace Shoop (SR/Ludington, Michigan) cleared the same height on her second try for a third-place finish. Lisa Metzger (SO/Cadillac, Michigan) was third at 2.97m.
Bailey Ballard (SO/Hopkins, Michigan) placed second in the weight throw with a heave of 13.66m, while Megan Hicks (SR/Mt. Clemens, Michigan) was third in the shot put with a toss of 10.41m.
The Saints compete again at the Mike Lints Alumni Open at Grand Valley State next Saturday (Jan. 27) at 11:00 a.m.