Women Finish Second, Men Third at Defiance Invite

Women Finish Second, Men Third at Defiance Invite

Defiance, Ohio - The Alma College track and field team participated in the Defiance Invitational on Saturday (January 26), competing against fellow Division III teams at the George M. Smart center. 

Out of 17 scored events, the women's team took second place and the men's team third out of nine and ten teams, respectively. 

How it Happened

  • Distance runner Luke Reed (Benzonia, Mich. / Benzie Central) took first in the men's 3000-meter run, crossing the finish line at 9:29.82. Fellow junior Jack Montgomery (Mikado, Mich. / Oscoda Area) placed third in the race (9:46.93). 
  • Sophomore Grace Hearth (Freeland, Mich. / Valley Lutheran) reached 1.47 meters in the women's high jump, placing second. In the pole vault event, Erin Goggins (Hastings, Mich. / Hastings) took second at 3.25 meters. Goggins also participated in the triple jump, finishing in third (9.33m). 
  • Alma had two runners place in the top three in the sprint races. Jared Fleming (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) finished the men's 400-meter dash in 53.76, and Hearth crossed the finish line in the 60-meter dash in 8.36 seconds. 
  • Nolan Rowland (Battle Creek, Mich. / Richland-Gull Lake) won the men's pole vault event with a four-meter jump. Zane Stanton came in second place, just .3 meters short of Rowland's finish. 

What He Said

"Given that this was our third meet in three weeks, we did very well. We continue to grow and learn about how to compete in our disciplines and let the results take care of themselves. We now have two weeks until our next test, so we'll get some much-needed recovery time as well as quality work in our disciplines. Again, the coaches really like how this group is coming together."

- Head Coach Matt Chovanec

Up Next

The Scots head to Grand Rapids for the Aquinas College Little Meet on Friday, February 8. The meet begins at 5 p.m.