Track and Field Competes at Doug Hansen Open

Track and Field Competes at Doug Hansen Open

Saginaw, Mich. - The Alma College track and field team traveled to Saginaw Valley State University for the Doug Hansen Open on Friday, January 18. No team scores were kept, but the Scots had several top-ten finishes on the day. 

What Happened

  • The best race of the day for the Scots came from the men's 4x400 relay team of Payton Hirschenberger (Freeland, Mich. / Saginaw Nouvel), Timothy Minier (Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central), Zane Stanton, and Jared Fleming (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston). The group took seventh place in the race with a time of 3:37.02. 
  • Senior Justin Jones (Rockford, Mich. / Cedar Springs) finished eighth in the men's 3000-meter run, crossing the finish line at 8:55.43. 
  • Grace Hearth (Freeland, Mich. / Valley Lutheran) and Erin Goggins (Hastings, Mich. / Hastings) both took eighth place in their women's field events. Hearth landed in a tie with her 1.48-meter high jump, and Goggins reached a pole vault height of 3.19 meters. 
  • Stanton took landed in eighth for Alma with his 3.65-meter pole vault, and Hirschenberger made it into the top ten in the long jump after a 6.33-meter leap. 

What He Said

"It was a good meet for us. We wanted the focus to be on taking some chances in events and not worrying about the results. The key for us is to believe in what we are doing. In other words, trusting the process. Us coaches really like what this team is accomplishing so far."

- Head Coach Matt Chovanec

Up Next 

The Scots are in action again next weekend (January 26) at the Defiance Invitational in Defiance, Ohio. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. at the George M. Smart Center.