Throwers and Distance Runners Shine at Findlay & SPIRE

Throwers and Distance Runners Shine at Findlay & SPIRE

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh women's indoor track and field team split up and competed at the University of Findlay Alumni Classic and Elite Throws event along with the SPIRE Midwest Open.  

"Both of our meets this weekend showed that we are progressing nicely as a team this early in the season," said head coach Rob Mizicko. "Our throwers had a really good meet at Findlay, while our distance crew stepped up and looked like completely different team compared to our opener at YSU last week. As a whole, we had a slew of PR's at both meets."  

Findlay Alumni Classic 

Friday saw the shot put throwers and pentathletes in action.  

Ndidiamaka Anaraodo won the open division in shot put with a throw of 13.29 meters, just shy of the D2 provisional mark. Marley Manigault placed fourth with a 11.30-meter throw while Paige Groves threw 10.61 meters to place seventh.  

Morrisa Mallory brought home a fifth-place finish in the Elite division for shot put, tossing a 13.11-meter throw.  

Skyler Stewart finished fifth place in the pentathlon with 2,224 points while Grace Radwany finished right behind her with 2,019 points. Stewart's best events of the event were high jump, where she jumped 1.46 meters, tying for third place. She gained fourth place points in the shot put with a throw of 7.89 meters. Radwany placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, running a 10.37 and then followed it up with a 2:57.88 in the 800-meter run. She earned points for a fourth-place finish in the 800.  

The weight throwers were in action on Saturday in Findlay for the Cavaliers.  

In the open division, Olivia King was sixth overall when she threw 14.21 meters and Annie Fahey finished eighth on a 13.84-meter throw.  

Malia Turley nailed a NCAA D2 provo mark in the weight throw Elite division on a 17.04-meter throw as she finished second. Mariah Porter threw 15.83 meters in a sixth-place effort. 

SPIRE Midwest Open 

The distance runners ran Friday in Geneva and had a great showing in the 5000-meter run and distance medley.  

Four Walsh runners placed in the top half of the 5000-meter run field. Claire Robertson placed sixth (17:58.10) and Katelyn Luther was seventh (18:05.27). Hannah Soehnlen crossed the line 39 seconds later in 11th (18:44.04) and Macy Lynch was not far behind in 12th (19:01.45). 

The distance medley team of Alexa LeppelmeierJetaiya Smith, Megan Soehnlen and Andra Lehotay hit the D2 provo mark en route to a first-place finish with a time of 12:02.90.  

Saturday featured the rest of the running events and field events.  

Juanita Gray was the top time for the women in the 60-meter dash prelims, running an 8.14 time and placing 20th. Gray also had the fastest team time in the 200-meter run, with a 27.45.  

In the 400-meter run, Raquel Jones was tenth of 71 runners as she ran a 1:00.43 time. Later in the day, she ran a 10.11 in the 60-meter hurdles, the best time for Walsh runners in the event.  

Sophie Wentling had the top Walsh time in the 800-meter run when she placed 15th with a 2:26.68.  

The mile run featured two Walsh student-athletes in the top three. Lehotay, fresh off the distance medley win on Friday, won the mile run by ten seconds with a 4:56.99. Bre Bakan placed third overall with a 5:09.56 time for the mile.  

Leppelmeier added a fourth-place finish in the 3000-meter run as she ran 10:16.76. Karissa Sonneberger was 21st at 11:12.28.  

The 4x400 meter relay team of Jones, Clarise Culhane, M. Soehnlen and Smith was seventh of 26 teams after completing the race in 4:07.17.  

In the jumping events, Christine Fiegl finished 11th in the high jump with a 1.53-meter jump and then followed it up with a 10.05-meter triple jump. Fiegl finished tenth in the triple jump.   

Morgan Fisher placed seventh in the long jump after she jumped 4.86 meters for the Cavaliers.  

The team will compete at the Mount Union Invitational next Saturday (Feb. 2). 

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