Track & field breaks school records in Windy City

The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed this weekend at the Windy City Invitational at the University of Chicago, with great performances all around. The men set three school records, and the women broke one with a runner up finish in the large meet. The men’s team took third place with 82.5 points out of the twelve teams attending the meet.

Senor Justin Freeman set a new school record in the 60 meter dash at 6.91 seconds improving from his previous school record of 6.93 seconds. The other two school records were beaten in the field events. Senior Ben Turner vaulted 4.41 meters (14 feet, 5.5 inches) in the pole vault, bettering his own previous record by 0.11 meters (4 inches). Junior Josh Izenbart passed his heptathlon school record, taking third place with 4,371 points, the old record at 4,305 points. The women’s team took second in the meet with 99 points of the eleven teams competing, setting one record and winning one event outright. Senior Kayla Gercak led runners in the 5,000 kilometer run with a time of 19:45.26, sweeping the top six places in the event.

Freshman Jenna Breuker broke the school record in the indoor shot put, throwing 12.03 meters (43 feet, 3.75 inches) to beat the 2016 record held by Jane Pearson at 11.63 meters (38 feet, 2 inches). The teams run again after winter break at the Grand Valley State University TuneUp, their last meet before the MIAA Indoor Championships held at Aquinas College.

Megan Grimes (‘20) was the Lifestyle editor at the Anchor during the 2019-2020 academic year. She has a biology and English double major and computer science minor at Hope, and she spends most of her free time playing with her 1-year-old son, Teddy. Running is one of her favorite activities, along with any other outdoor activity, reading, writing, yoga and spending time with friends and family. She loves to share people’s stories with the belief that hearing more about other people’s experiences can help you better navigate your own. After Hope, she intends to find a job in science writing to help better communicate science through story and quality writing.

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