By Grace Murphy
The Franciscan University track and field teams competed at the Spire Collegiate Indoor Games in Geneva, Ohio on February 11.
The Barons competed in many events in the men’s and women’s leagues.
Freshman Alana Bradford and junior Victoria Unnerstall competed in the 60-meter dash. Bradford completed the race in 8.51 seconds, which was her personal best and only one-hundredth of a second off the school record. Unnerstall finished in 9.14 seconds.
Senior Angelina Toole ran the one mile in a of 6:14.85. Freshman Rebecca Bolster ran the 400m with a time of 1:05.82 and the 200m with a time of 28.93 seconds. Bradford ran the 200m in 28.77 seconds.
Freshman Clara Symington also competed in the 400m and 200m. In the 400m, she received sixteenth place and bested her previous school record with a time of 1:00.79. Her 200m time was 27.28 seconds, which broke another school record and is the third fastest 400m time for PAC this season.
Junior Claire Walters had a 3000m time of 10:25.07. This is the third fastest 3000m time for PAC so far this season. Sophomore Jessica Campbell ran the 800m in 2:24.57 and placed twenty-second out of fifty-six.
Bradford, Bolster, Campbell and Unnerstall ran their second-fastest season 4x400m relay with a time of 4:28.59. Bradford tied her personal best long jump distance of 4.34m.
Meanwhile, with the men, senior Miguel Daez placed tenth in the 5k with a time of 15:34.08.
Sophomore Joseph Rohde ran the 400m in 49.99 seconds. He made a new school record, being the first Franciscan student to run the indoor 400m in under 50 seconds.
Senior David Cappello placed twelfth in the 800m, completing it in 1:56.41. This set a new personal record for Cappello.
In the shot put, freshman Nicholas Brass earned a personal record in the shot put with a distance of 12.42m, breaking his previous school record. Freshman Aidan Flannery tied his personal record for high jump with a leap of 1.80m.
History was made by Alexander Blose, who became the first Franciscan student to clear the pole vault with a top performance of 3.20m.
The Barons made a first season showing of the distance medley relay with a team composed of junior Conal Delaney, sophomore David di Nardo and Daez. They ran the second fastest PAC season time of 10:54.80.