FORT WAYNE – Grace’s 2019-20 track and field season officially got underway on Saturday with the Mastodon Invitational at Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Lancers posted several impressive finishes, including one NAIA national qualifier, three new school records and several personal bests.
Freshman Lyne Camara had a stellar day, setting school records in the 60-meter dash (7.84 seconds) and the 200 (26.02). Both results just missed NAIA qualifying standards. Camara also blitzed a 58.5 leg in the 4×400 relay.
Dylan Felger was the only event winner for the Lancers, taking the 200 in a school record of 22.55 seconds. Felger also made the finals of the 60 meters (7.11) and ran a leg on the 4×400 relay.
Sophomore Isaac Brown claimed an NAIA qualifying mark by clearing 6-feet-7 in the high jump. He will return to the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March, where he placed 10th a year ago.
Several other notable performances were produced by the Lancers: Walker Hobbs (45-6.5) was fourth in the shot put, followed closely by Caleb Brown (45-5). Brown was also fifth in the weight throw (46-7.25), just behind William Shafer who placed fourth (46-8).
Paul Brawner ended sixth in the 200 (23.27), while Hunter Metzger was sixth in the pole vault (12-5.5).
For the women, Nordia Campbell ran what would have been a school record in the 200 (26.23) finishing a few spots behind teammate Camara. Julia Malson also ran a PR in the 200 (27.06). Freshman Rylin Bagarus ran a quality time of 9.38 in the 60 hurdles, while Mackenzie DeLong placed eighth in the shot put (32-10 1/5).
“Overall this was a very good start for us and builds expectations for the rest of the season,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Even though only a portion of our team competed today, we are confident that there are good things ahead for the Lancers. We will keep working over the next month and be ready to go in the new year.”
The Lancers will enjoy Christmas break before resuming competition on Jan. 11 with the Keith Turner Invitational, hosted by Trine.