By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information Student Assistant
Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Alma College track and field team returned to action Saturday (Feb. 25) to compete in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Indoor Championships, hosted by Calvin College.
Senior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich. / Jackson Northwest) won the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:54.47, missing the MIAA record by .26 seconds. The record was set at last year's Indoor Championships by the runner-up to Arnold on Saturday, senior Lauren Strohbehn of Calvin.
Sophomore Erin Goggins (Hastings, Mich. / Hastings) also came away victorious Saturday in the pole vault. Her final height of 3.15 meters may not have been a personal-record performance, but was enough to class the MIAA.
In addition, the Scots placed second in the women's distance medlay relay on Saturday. The squad of junior Shannon Kievit (Lewiston, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston), sophomore Mallory Munderloh (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis), junior Chelse Van Spronsen (Jenison, Mich. / Jenison), and sophomore Blaire Showers (Ithaca, Mich. / Ithaca) finished the race with a time of 12:54.36.
Showers also placed third in the women's 800-meter run with a personal-record time of 2:22.83. Her time of 2:25.55 at the Aquinas College Little Meet on February 10th set a school record, thus making Showers' most recent time another new Alma College record.
Sophomore Kyle Kraus (Middleville, Mich. / Thornapple-Kellogg) also set a personal-record Saturday in his fifth-place finish in the triple jump, showing a distance 12.65 meters.
The MIAA Indoor Championships conclude the indoor season for track and field. The first meet of the outdoor season will be the Yellow Jacket Open at Cedarville University (OH) on March 25th.