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Men's Track & Field - Mon, Mar. 20, 2017

The Spires had a record breaking day at the Emporia State University Twilight meet on Friday March 17th. Under some new coaching direction this fall the Spires broke seven school records with five coming from the sprint events and two from the throwing events.

The Spires started Friday off strong with school records in the men and women's 4 x 100m relays. The men's relay consisted of KyRandall Smith, Garrison Woods, Ethan Miller, and Zach Atkins. While the women's relays consisted of Tisian Nealy, Linda Delgado, Stiennun Atladottir, and Denise Reyes.  KyRandall Smith came back for the men's 4 x 100 meter school record to set an individual school Record in the 100m dash. Also from the women's 4 x 100 meter, Tisian Nealy came out and broke the school records in the 200m and the 400m.  That made it five school records from the sprint crew on the day.

Head Coach Alstin Benton commented ,"Since Coach Alexander has taken over things with the sprints crew he has really implemented some great things. It is exciting to see our program which has been very distance dominate in the past start to grow and excel on the sprints side. The sprinters have taken everything thrown at them in stride and are responding exceptionally."

Out in the throws arena came two more school record performances from Kaitlynn Hullinger who broke the indoor shot put and indoor weight throw records during this indoor season. Hullinger first broke the school record in the women's hammer throw and then came back to set the record in the women's shot put later that evening.

Coach Benton also had some very positive things to say about the throws staff and athletes. "Coach Mikey has started some great things with our throws crew and it is starting to really show. She led them to five indoor school records and now already two during outdoor season. These records going down is a testament to her hard work and to the dedication the throwers have shown this year."

The Spire distance squad had a small opening meet with many athletes running events they do not usually compete in. Regardless, they came out with several great performances and personal bests. Some highlights from the meet came from Lorena Moreno who ran second fastest all time in the women's 800 meter run to place 2nd overall in a time of 2:17.95. Alisn Stevens also came home with a second place performance running a nearly 20 second personal best in the 3000m steeplechase running a time of 12:30 which is 3rd fastest all time for Saint Mary. Another big performance came from Jeremy Spears who in his debut race for the Spires Track and Field team came out and set a big personal best in the 5000 meter run, running a time of 16:39 to place 12th out of 20 athletes.

Head Track and Field Coach Alstin Benton had this to say about this weekend's performances, "We are really excited about the direction our Track and Field Programs are moving. The coaching staff that we have is really working hard to ensure we continue to grow our programs and excel. Along with our student athletes who have dedicated themselves to success and refuse to give anything less than their best. The future of Spires Track and Field continues to look bright."

A link to results can be found here http://www.esuhornets.com/documents/2017/3/17//17ESUSpringInvResults.htm .