Track and field program wins first G-MAC title in school history
April 22, 2014
In what was a complete team effort, the Ursuline College track and field program captured the first ever Great Midwest Athletic Conference title in school history on Saturday (April 19) afternoon.
The Arrows won the meet with 260.5 team points to finish directly ahead of host Cedarville University’s 238. Alderson Broaddus University took third with 89.5 to finish in front of fourth place Trevecca Nazarene University’s 82. Central State University (47) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (9) rounded out the six-team field.
Ursuline’s Ralph White and Maddy Outman were picked as the Coaches of the Year while sophomores Nicole Burlinson and Bea Indurain were named Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively.
“This is huge for our program and our school,” White said. “A lot of the credit goes to former head coach Steve Smalley, a guy who was instrumental in building this program as he recruited some top-level talent. Coach Outman and I have a great group of women to work with, and I am so happy and proud to make history with each and every one of them.”
White went on to praise the mentality his team brings on a day-to-day basis.
“We worked so hard for this, especially the past couple of weeks,” he said. “Not many people gave us a chance to win this meet, but we believed we could and the ladies believed in one another and that was all that really mattered. Our girls could have made a number of excuses and they faced a lot of obstacles all season long but they chose to focus on the positives and it all paid off.”
Indurain won the triple jump with a school record leap of 11.22 meters, topping her own mark of 10.93. She also won the long jump when she cleared a school record 5.57 meters. Annie Grindle owned the previous Ursuline record of 5.29 set in 2009... read more.
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