Men’s track places third at Bethany

Written By Robert Berger, Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Robert Berger
Xavier Stephens races at Slippery Rock last year. The junior beat his own school record in the 1,500 meter last weekend with a time of 4:00.82.

The men’s track and field team placed third last Saturday while competing at the Bethany Invitational meet, highlighted by four event wins resulting in a team score of 89 points.

Breaking his own school record while competing in the 1500 meter event was junior Xavier Stephens with a finishing time of 4 minutes, 0.82 seconds. This was the second time Stephens broke a record in this event.

On the day, Stephens also competed in the 5,000 meter race and claimed a personal-best time at 16 minutes, 5.42 seconds.

Another event win for the Pioneers came at the hands of senior Michael Morris while competing in the high jump. Morris cleared a season best height of 1.97 meters. This comes a week after Morris took first place last week competing at Carnegie Mellon University.

Junior Chance Callahan also picked a win for Point Park. This time in the long jump, which resulted in a season best 6.60 meter jump. Callahan also competed in the triple jump and placed second with a leap of 14.03 meters.

The women’s team also competed at Bethany over the weekend and saw nine athletes claim top ten finishes.

This included sophomore Reba Bartram winning the 800 meter race. Bartram claimed her win with a time of 2 minutes, 16.87 seconds which was a personal record in the event. She won the race by eight seconds, and was just .87 seconds shy of qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship meet.

Freshman Nia Goodman finished the high jump in fourth place with a jump of 200 meters. On the field, junior Mackenzie Mangum placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 32.99 meters.

Senior Anna Shields competed by herself at the Wooster Invitational Friday night and qualified for nationals in the 5,000 meter event. Her time of 16 minutes, 42 seconds is currently leading the NAIA for best time on the season. Last week, Shields also qualified at the national level in the 800 meter race.

The team will continue their season this coming Saturday in Slippery Rock as part of the Dave Labor Invitational.