Spring Arbor - Women's Track & Field Earns 2nd, Men 4th at Don Kleinow Invitational

Spring Arbor - Women's Track & Field Earns 2nd, Men 4th at Don Kleinow Invitational

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ADRIAN, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University track and field programs turned in a strong showing at the Don Kleinow Invitational, hosted by Siena Heights University, on Friday. The SAU women finished in second place out of nine teams while the men's squad earned fourth in the 13-team field.


EVENT: Don Kleinow Invitational

TEAM FINISH: Men – 4th/13; Women – 2nd/9

LOCATION: Siena Heights University | Adrian, Mich.


Spring Arbor picked up three event wins on the men's side. Austin Hickerson claimed first in the 400 meter dash, Max Whittredge won the 3000 meter steeplechase, and both also ran legs for the winning 4x400 meter relay team along with Joe VandePol and Zach Lamphere.

Hickerson also finished third in the 200 meter dash with a personal-best time of 22.23 – the fifth-best performance in program history.

Lukas Sawusch grabbed fifth in the 100 meter dash posting a time of 11.21.

The Cougars saw two runners finish in the top-10 of the 1500 meter run. Logan Robart earned second with a 4:06.70 and Remington Clements was eighth in 4:28.98.

Lamphere had a career-best performance in the 110 meter hurdles. He finished ninth with a 15.63, which ranks ninth in the SAU record books.

Jaccob Colosky posted a huge personal-best in the hammer throw with a mark of 107' 2" (32.67m). That mark was good enough for fourth on the program's Top 10 list.

In addition to the action at the Don Kleinow Invitational, senior Joshua Norton raced in the Toledo Half Marathon Sunday morning, attempting to qualify for the NAIA National Championships next month. Norton completed the race in 1:15:02 – nearly a three-minute personal-best – but missed the qualification mark by three seconds. He finished in 12th place out of 3,459 runners.


Jaydn Fuerst finished second in the 400 with a career-best time of 59.41 – the third-best performance in program history.

In the 800 meter run, Katie Rutkowski and Megan Wise finished in the top 10. Rutkowski was sixth in 2:27.60 and Wise was eighth with a 2:32.67.

Victoria Harper grabbed second place in the 5000 meter run, crossing the finish line in 18:36.96.

Three Cougars qualified for the 100 meter hurdles final. Katrina Tovar would finish third in 15.88, Sarah Maschino took fifth in 15.92 and Madison Parker placed eighth in 16.70. Maschino would also earn second in 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.91 and Alicia Schmidtendorff was close behind in fifth place in 1:15.08.

Charise Culver captured the lone event win for SAU, taking first place in the high jump. The freshman Pickerington, Ohio cleared 5' 1" (1.55m).

Bethany Kuenzer and Tovar finished second and third in the pole vault. Kuenzer would hit the NAIA A standard after clearing 11' 11.75" (3.65m) while Tovar hit the B standard with her 11' 7.75" (3.55m).

Tovar also smashed a 36 year old school record with her performance in the long jump. Her leap of 18' 1.5" (5.52m) broke Cilla Hoffman's previous record of 17' 10" set during the 1982 season.

Spring Arbor had three athletes earn program top-10 marks in the javelin throw. Leslie Tanis finished third in the event with a mark of 113' 10", Ryann Laier was fourth with a 109' 6" and Lauren Hamilton was sixth with a 95' 11".


Spring Arbor will travel to Hillsdale College for the Gina Relays on Apr. 26-28.