Weekly Feature



2018-01-24 / Sports

Layoff between meets ends for indoor track program

After a long wait between competitions for many of the team members, Clarence’s boys and girls indoor track squads were able to make a successful return to Houghton College Saturday with their participation in the Section V vs. Section VI Challenge.

Multiple season and personal bests were recorded by Clarence athletes, with Mariahn Plesh leading the way for the girls’ squad with her sectional qualifying effort of 5 minutes, 16.07 seconds in the 1,500-meter race that was good for 11th place. Plesh was one of four team members who completed that race in under 5:20, a group that also included Gillian Fedor

(seventh, sectional-qualifying and personal best 5:10.77) and Cristina Ray (eighth, 5:13.60).

Fedor and Ray also joined forces to help the 4x800 relay – which also included Audrey Pryll and Makenzie Marfurt – take 10 seconds off their season best effort with their time of 10:35.61 that was good for second place. Natalie Armon, Corrie Bernd and Ava Grande also teamed with Plesh to trim 18 seconds off their season-best 4x400 relay time to finish in 4:27.21, which was good for eighth place.

Pryll chipped off another three seconds in the 1,000 with her personal-best time of 3:26, while Olivia Grande placed ninth in the 55 hurdles by running a solid 9.47, which moved her up in the sectional rankings.

On the boys’ side, Keller Krupa trimmed six seconds off his personal-best time in the mile, finishing in 4:55.99 to break the five-minute barrier for the first time in his career. Grey Conover (16th, 1:30.99) and Nick Perry (28th, 1:34.65) also posted personal-best efforts in the 600, while personal bests were also recorded by Sean Flynn (6.87) in the 55 dash, Ryan Mazurkiewicz (37.7) in the 300 and Max Ervolina (9.77) in the 55 hurdles.

Conover, Perry and Krupa were also joined by Drew Biegner in completing the 4x800 relay in a season-best 8:53.66 to place fourth.

“It was a nice day overall for the team, and we really ended on a high note with the relays,” co-coach Justin Weldon said.

The team returns to Houghton College Saturday to compete in the Houghton Invitational.

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