The men and women’s track and field teams competed last weekend at the Wheaton Invitational at Wheaton College. The women’s team took third place of the 13 teams with 106 points while the men’s team took fourth place with 82 points of their 15-team field. Junior Hailey Pickelheimer ran a season best 400-meter hurdle time, winning the event with a 1:07.12 run. She led a group of three Hope runners who scored in the event. The Flying Dutch had two other runner up performances. Junior Hannah Kenny took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her own career best time of 11:53.56.
Three other runners also scored in that event. Junior Mitchel Achien’g took second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.19 meters (36 feet, 8.5 inches). The men’s team had two winning performances during the meet. Junior Josh Izenbart took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.60 seconds. Junior Owen Ljung won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.08. The Flying Dutchmen had many other notable performances, including a season best for senior Collin Thomas, who took fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 50.26 seconds. Izenbart and Ljung led other scoring runners in their events as well. The team competes again at the Huntington Invitational on Saturday. Wish them luck!