Track and field breaks records; two qualify for nationals
By Danielle Castillo
Photos by Noah Peterson
Two Rochester University athletes made nationals and several others broke records at two meets over consecutive weekends in January at Saginaw Valley State University.
Senior Andre Daniels qualified in high jump for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national meet with a jump of 6 feet 7.75 inches. Daniels currently holds Rochester University’s high jump record at 6 feet 7 inches.
In the one-mile run, sophomore Alec Shaw also qualified for NAIA nationals, set a university record and then broke it the next week. He ran the mile in 4:23.75 and then later exceeded that with a time of 4:14.26. Coach Andrew Bowman participated as an unattached runner to push Shaw.
In sophomore Wyatt Emmons‘ first official season running for RU, he broke the university's 3K record with a time of 9:11.14, which had previously been set by junior Cam Land. Land broke RU’s 3K record last meet, which had stood since 1989.
Four students Noah Licardi, Noah Kijorski, Christian Jenkins and Charlie Aldrich broke RU‘s 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:38.98, which broke last year’s university record of 3:39.41.
Lastly, Ananda Usrey, Aleah Dymond, Delanie Nicklas and Kirsten Schapman broke last year’s 4x400 meter relay university record with a time of 4:30.93.