By Anna Dunlavey
The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams hit the ground running at the start of the semester, traveling to Delaware, Ohio last Friday to compete in the Ohio Wesleyan University Triangular. Although neither the Lords’ nor the Ladies’ entire roster attended the meet, the runners who did compete all performed well, and both teams came in third at the meet.
“It was a nice start [to the year] where the people who ran can get a benchmark of where they’re at, where they need to go and what they need to do to get there,” Head Coach Duane Gomez said.
Jonah Edwards ’18 — only two meets into her Kenyon career — has already established herself as a conference threat. The first year won the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.03 seconds, the fastest time in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) this season so far. According to Gomez, Edwards also finished with a faster time than Sierra DeLeon ’14, who holds the College record time for the 60-meter dash, delivered at the same meet last year.
Subei Kyle ’17 placed fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.65, and later placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.45. Claire HarnEnz ’17 finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.42 and Aisha Simon ’15 took fourth place in the 800-meters with a time of 2:32.77. In field events, Devron Martin ’17 placed second in the high jump at 1.47 meters.
While the Ladies excelled in the sprints, the Lords were most successful in distance running. Kenyon runners took four of the top six spots in the 3,000-meter run: Sam Lagasse ’16 finished first with a time of 8:47.78, Nat Fox ’16 finished third with a time of 9:23.78, Eric Thornton ’18 finished fifth with a time of 9:51.69 and Andres Herrera ’16 finished sixth with a time of 10:07.40. The Lords earned 14 of their total 21 points from that race.
However, the Lords did have some good sprint performances. Alton Barbehenn ’17 placed fourth in the 800-meters at 2:09.12. Tanner Zaas ’15 finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at 57.21 and Oliver Hightower ’18, in his first collegiate meet, came in sixth in the 60-meter dash at 7.27. Hightower also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, in which he placed fourth with a time of 8.64.
This weekend, the Lords and Ladies will compete at the NCAC Quad meet at the College of Wooster, where they will face Wooster, Denison University and Allegheny College. The meet is “always a fun one,” Zaas said. “Wooster’s a fast track and it’s some good competition — they’re teams that we generally compete well with. It’s one of our favorite meets of the year.”