Track & field competes at Wheaton, takes wins

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!

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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