The Franciscan University of Steubenville track and field team saw its success hit an all-time high at the All-Ohio Division III Championships held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
On the women’s side, freshman Ashlin LaFond placed 14th in the women’s 400-meter dash, with a personal record of 1:03.92. LaFond later returned to the track in the 200-meter dash, where she placed 26th with a time of 28.33.
In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Elizabeth Atkins placed 22nd with a time 5:17.87. Classmate Alison Bryant placed eighth in the 5,000-meter run with a 36-second personal best of 18:34.89. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Kristine Stickney and sophomore Beth Flanagan placed 17th and 18th with times of 12:39.66 and 12:58.64, respectively.
In the women’s javelin, junior Rachel Solomon placed 14th with a season personal best of 28.25 meters. In the 10,000-meter run sophomore Sydni Cain and freshman Sydney Lorentz crossed the finish line in 15th and 16th places with times of 48:40.34 and 48:41.66, respectively. Freshman Taylor Smith was not far behind in 17th place with a time of 49:07.03.
On the men’s side, sophomore Easton Syvertson placed 20th in the 400-meter dash with a personal record of 54.82. Junior Mark Borek had an impressive surge to take home fourth place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:00.25. Senior Nick Long had a spectacular performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing sixth with a time of 9:46.99.
In one of the highlight races of the day, sophomore Liam Galligan clenched the victory in the 5,000-meter run with an impressive personal record of 14:55.20. Senior Grady Stuckman came in 11th place with a personal record of 33:47.40.
The Barons will be back in action on Wednesday, April 17, at Bethany College. Going off the momentum of these last few weeks, both the men’s and women’s teams are eager to see their seasons peak as postseason quickly approaches.