GOSHEN — The Goshen College men’s track and field team has moved into the top 25 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer Ranking.
The Maple Leafs were 30th the previous week before moving up based on a quality performance at Trine University’s Zimmer Indoor Classic.
The computer ranking uses a formula based on how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual and relay events and how highly they are ranked. The ranking will be conducted five times prior to the NAIA Indoor National Championships March 6-8 and will run again in April and May during the outdoor season.
Using the ranking, the Maple Leafs tallied 47.51 points. The only other Crossroads League team in the top 25 is Bethel, who is just in front of Goshen at 48.97 points. Defending outdoor national champion, Indiana Tech, leads the poll by more than 125 points with a total of 422.50.
After two meets this season, the Maple Leaf men have had three individuals qualify for the indoor national championships: juniors Mitchell Brickson and Kolton Nay in the 3,000-meter race walk and freshman Ryan Smith in the 5,000 meters.
Senior Kyle Mishler (Westview) has also posted the 25th best high jump in the nation so far this season (6-5).
Other local members of the team are senior Andrew Witkowski (Concord), junior Aaron Frost (Goshen), junior Alejandro Rodriguez (Concord), junior Daniel Zelaya (Concord), sophomore Jordan Smeltzer (Fairfield), freshman Luke Kaufman (Goshen) and freshman Jarrett Slabach (Westview).
Men’s Track and Field
Purdue sophomore Dillon Hinen (Fairfield) was third in the 800 meters (1:54.85) in the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Sports Complex at Notre Dame.
Women’s Track and Field
Indiana Wesleyan sophomore Lauren Stutzman (Goshen) recorded an NAIA National Championship B standard in long jump (5.35 meters) when she placed seventh at the IWU Classic.
Vanderbilt sophomore Skyler Carpenter (Westview) finished 10th in the 500 meters (1:15.37) at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York.
Senior Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) had a great day for Rose-Hulman as the Fightin’ Engineers won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Invitational. Podgorski won the 50 freestyle (22.38), the 100 free (48.48) and teamed with freshman Nathaniel Weber, sophomore Orion Martin and sophomore Paul Hintz for a first in the 200 medley relay (1:38.35).
Purdue freshman Austin Flager (Northridge) teamed with senior Matt Friede, freshman Filip Bujoczek and senior Danny Tucker for a second in the 200 medley relay (1:29.30) as the No. 25 ranked Boilermakers dropped a 186-114 decision to No. 7 Indiana in Big Ten action. Flager finished third in the 100 butterfly (49,79).
Franklin College junior Breanna Ghigliotto (NorthWood) placed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.25) first in the 200 breast (2:30.72) and second in the 200 freestyle (2:03.96) as the Grizzlies won the team title in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Invitational. Ghigliotto teamed with sophomore Shelby Conrad, freshman Carly Fernandes and freshman Payton Thomas to win the 200 medley relay (1:54.92). Franklin freshman Maria Olivo (Goshen) was third in the 200 butterfly (2:36.65) and sixth in the 200 breast (2:53.18).
United States Naval Academy sophomore Julie Jesse (Goshen) competed in an All Comers Invitational for the upcoming Patriot League Championship that the Academy will host February 19-22. Jesse placed 16th out of 23 divers in the one-meter competition with 187.45 points and fourth out of 23 divers in the three-meter event with a score of 229.75.
Freshman Hayley Ronci (Goshen) placed third in the 500 freestyle (5:20.76) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:01.64) as Olivet Nazarene topped Wheaton College 171-66.
Freshman Melissa Berger (NorthWood) finished second in one-meter diving (236.92 points) and 2nd in three-meter diving (228.75) as the IUPUI Jaguars defeated Oakland University 153-144. It was the first time for the Jaguars to have ever defeated Oakland.
Junior Emma Stahl (Jimtown) poured in a career-high 25 points as the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats notched a 74-47 win at Mount Vernon Nazarene. Stahl made 11-of-15 field goals as she eclipsed her previous career best of 19 set earlier this season. Also for the winners, senior Taylor Goshert (Wawasee) had eight points and nine rebounds.
Bethel freshman Aimee Swihart (Goshen) scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds as the Pilots defeated Marian, 76-75, in Crossroads League action. She also had 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in an 80-63 conference win over Spring Arbor.
Junior Marla zumFelde (Bethany Christian) tossed in 11 points for Eastern Mennonite in a 72-67 victory over Washington and Lee. She nailed three 3-pointers in the span of 1:30 as the Royals went on an 11-4 run to take a 39-37 lead.
Senior Sarah DeShone (Jimtown) tallied seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Ferris State Bulldogs in a 52-49 loss to Northern Michigan.
Freshman Savannah Bley (NorthWood) netted four points to go with two rebounds, two assists and a block for Taylor in a 62-57 win over Spring Arbor in a Crossroads League contest.
Manchester freshman Blake Brouwer (Elkhart Central) recorded seven points and eight rebounds as the Spartans dropped an 85-65 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference decision to Rose-Hulman. Brouwer had the first double-double of his college career with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 58-54 loss to Bluffton.
Senior Josh Riikonen (Elkhart Central) had four points, two rebounds, an assist and two blocks for the Taylor Trojans in an 88-87 overtime Crossroads League win over Spring Arbor.
Women’s Cross Country
Freshmen Mandy Campbell (Northridge) and Valeria Guzman (West Noble) were among 64 IUPUI student-athletes recognized as The Summit League announced its Academic Honor Roll for the fall season.
In order to be selected to the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or better grade point average in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of eligibility.
Campbell was also one of 232 Summit League student-athletes to be named to the Academic Distinguished Scholars list for the fall semester.
In order to be named a Distinguished Scholar, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.60 grade point average in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of eligibility.