– The 2018-19 indoor track & field season continued this weekend with the Greyhounds setting three school records in two different states. Led by sophomore Lauren Bailey
, the UIndy distance runners competed at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open in Allendale, Mich., while the rest of the Hounds stayed home for the UIndy Winter Break Meet.
GRAND VALLEY HOLIDAY MEET
Bailey etched her name in the school record books with a time of 17:05.54 in the 5000-meter run. The provisional mark broke the near three-year-old record formerly held by Emily Odle and was good for 15th place amongst a talented field.
Senior Taylor Kleyn
led the Hounds with a 31st-place finish in the men's 5000m with a sub-15-minute time (14:59.34), while freshman Yailene Leon
scored a team point with an eight-place performance in the women's mile (5:29.72).
UINDY WINTER BREAK MEET
Two more program records fell in the Athletics and Recreation Center, both in the women's field events. Senior thrower Katie Monk
busted out a massive 20.01-meter toss in the weight throw to break her own school mark and hit an NCAA automatic qualifying standard. Meanwhile, sophomore Kylie Falcone
also surpassed her own school record by clearing 3.62 meters to win the pole vault.
Other Hounds excelled in the aforementioned events; senior Hilary Paxson
set a PR with a second-place provisional toss of 19.21 meters in the weight, while three other Greyhounds matched the former school record in the pole vault (3.57m), including Mary Costello
, Lauren Joseph
and Megan Young
On the men's side, senior Austin Hogan
won both the shot put and weight throw events. He came just shy of the 20-meter mark in the weight throw, as his toss of 19.99 meters improved his provisional mark while also setting a new PR.
Sophomore Dallas Ford
won the 60m hurdles (8.56) with the Hounds taking each of the top three spots in the event. Senior DeAndre Bluitt
won the high jump by clearing 1.99 meters.
Other wins came from Keri Ertel
in the women's 60m hurdles (9.23), Mary Watts
in the 200m (26.01) and Monk in the shot put (15.03m). Isabel Bradley
(200m) and Kirsti Oswalt
(long jump) each notched runner-up finishes.
The Greyhounds concluded their early-bird meets and will next compete after the New Year when they will host the UIndy Collegiate Challenge on Jan. 18.