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Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season

Hannah Samuels (photo credit: Jack Lewis)
Hannah Samuels (photo credit: Jack Lewis)

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- The Covenant track and field teams opened up the outdoor portion of their schedules on Saturday with strong showings at the Victor Icebreaker Duals, hosted by Berry College.

The meet was scored as a dual as teams competed against each other within the meet, but those results have not been fully compiled at this time.

Similar to the indoor season, Covenant found its groove in the distance events of the meet. Hannah Samuels set a program record time in the 5000 meter at 19:40.69 and finished 16th overall in the field that featured 45 runners. Michelann Settle was right on Samuels' heels in the race as she placed 17th with a time of 19:42.80. In the 1500, Lilly Smith broke her own program mark with a time of 4:59.79 and placed fifth in the event to score for Covenant, while Margaret Fitch was 10th with her personal record time of 5:09.09.

Smith also had a strong run in the 800 meters. The junior again broke her own program record as she came in 11th with a time of 2:32.67. 

The distance and middle distance events also had some strong times for the men's team. In the 1500 meter, Jonathan George set a program record with his time of 4:19.07, which placed him 13th in the event. George also set a program record time in the 800 as he finished in 2:04.69 and was 10th in the event. William Wallace wasn't far off the pace in the 800 as he was 14th at 2:06.62 and Leif Le Mahieu was 16th at 2:07.43.

Matt Seitz set the pace in the 5000 meter and finished with a program-best time of 16:16.35 and was 15th overall. Caleb Aikens finished one spot back of Seitz as he came in 16th with a time of 16:20.53. Covenant scored points in the 3000 meter steeplechase as Matthew Tueller came in fourth at 10:43.09 and Micaiah Allison was fifth at 10:58.86.

In the 200 meter, William Bryan set a personal-best time of 22.41 and placed 10th. Tristan Dunlavy also set a personal record time in the 400 meter run at 52.27 and placed 12th overall. Michael Rawlings became the first Covenant athlete to compete in javelin and the freshman finished fifth and scored for the Scots with his throw of 42.27 meters.


The Covenant teams will be off from competition until the Emory Classic on March 23-24 in Atlanta.


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