Good start to indoor season for Tigers; Blucker sets new weight throw school record
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM
ALLENDALE, Mich./WHITEWATER, Wis. – Seven NAIA National Qualifiers, three at “A” Standard and a new school record, not a bad start to the 2014 Indoor Season for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team. The Tigers split the squad in the opening weekend, sending part to the Mike Lints Alumni Open at Grand Valley State University on Friday, Jan. 17 and part to Karl Schlender Invitational at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater the following day.
In her first meet back after a season off, sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) set a new school record with her second place finish in the weight throw, posting a distance of 16.66m (54’8”). She also qualified at “B” Standard in the shot put with her first place 12.86m (42' 2 1/4").
Freshman Laura D’Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) cross the finish line at 59.34 in the 400m dash in her first meet as a Tiger, finishing 13th and qualifying “A” Standard for nationals. She also helped the 4x400m relay team to a fourth place finish and an “A” Standard qualification. D’Angelo teamed up with juniors Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) and Alexandra Ortiz (Ottawa, Ill.) and senior anchor Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa).
Freshman Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) hasn’t lost a step since cross country season, posting a 10:18.09 time in the 3K, finishing 17th overall and qualifying “A” Standard.
Junior Jacqueline Fayne (Chicago) and Carman also posted “B” Standard qualifying performances in the triple jump and long jump, respectively. Fayne finished second in the triple with a 10.97m (36’) jump, while Carman finished sixth in the long jump at 5.35m (17’5”).
Olivet will return to action in their own Field House in the Perry Student Recreation and Life Center on Jan. 24-25 as they host the 2nd Annual NAIA/NCAA DIII Challenge. Competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. Friday night and continue at 12:00 Saturday.