Alma - Scots claim three individual victories at Defiance Invitational

Alma - Scots claim three individual victories at Defiance Invitational

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By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information student assistant

Defiance, Ohio - The Alma College track and field team travelled across the border into Ohio for the Defiance College Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27. At the end of the day, the women's team finished third out of of 10 teams, while the men finished sixth.

What Happened

Sophomore Blaire Showers (Ithaca, Mich./Ithaca) overwhelmed the competition in the middle-distance races, claiming victory in the 800-meter and second place in the one-mile, finishing in times of 2:31.33 and 5:33.72 respectively. Accompanying Showers in the 800 was freshman Callie Jones (Mason, Mich./Mason), who finished within steps of Showers for second.

Senior Chelse Van Spronsen (Jension, Mich./Jenison) placed first in the 3000-meter run, finishing under 11 minutes for the first time this season.

The women's team also claimed victory in pole vault, at the hands of junior Erin Goggins (Hastings, Mich./Hastings). Goggins hopped over the bar at 3.25 meters, a season-high. Junior Anissa Keeler (Marion, Mich./Marion) finished third in the event.

In the men's 3000-meter run, senior Zane Berlanga (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) finished in the runner-up spot, finishing in 9:33.01.

Sophomore Taylor LeMasters (Minnetrista, Minn./Waconia) claimed a second-place finish in the high jump, bouncing over the bar set at 1.27 meters. LeMasters also placed fifth in the triple jump.

Junior Justin Jones (Rockford, Mich./Cedar Springs) and sophomore Payton Hirschenberger (Freeland, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel) took home a pair of third-place finishes, Jones in the one-mile and Hirschenberger in the triple jump.

Both the men's and women's distance medlay relay teams placed third in the competition. Running for the men: senior Jeff Schlicker (Standsih, Mich./Standish-Sterling Central), junior Luke Reed (Benzonia, Mich./Benzie Central), and freshmen Tyler Gorzinski (Spalding, Mich./North Central Area) and Andrew Ashbaugh (Remus, Mich./Chippewa Hills). Running for the women: Callie Jones, fellow freshman Brittany Pierce (Leslie, Mich./Leslie), junior Madeline McDonnell (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), and senior Madison Nelson (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea).

Nelson and McDonnell also claimed third and fourth respectively in the 5000-meter run, finishing within 30 seconds of each other, and both under 22 minutes.

Freshman Torres Ingraham [Nassau, Bahamas/Northview (AL)] placed fourth in the long jump, soaring to 6.36 meters.

They Said It

"Competing with schools on the same level gave us a chance to see that we're doing some good things. We've got two weeks until our next meet, and it will be a good chance for us to take advantage of some rest as well as get after it at practice." - Head Coach Matt Chovanec


The women's team claimed victory in three events, one each for Showers, Van Spronsen, and Goggins.

Of the team teams in attendance, four represented the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Alma, Albion College, Adrian College, and Olivet College.

Up Next

The Scots will take a week off in preparation for their return to the campus of Aquinas College, on Friday, Feb. 9, for the Saints' annual Little Meet. The meet in Grand Rapids will begin at 5 p.m.