WILMINGTON, NC – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men and women's outdoor track and field teams competed in the Seahawk Invitational hosted by UNC-Wilmington during the second week of MVNU's spring break period.
The invitational only scored NCAA Division 1 institutions, as the Cougars competed against some of the countries' top track and field teams.
Jake Sherer (SR/Twinsburg, Ohio) paced the Cougars in the 800m, finishing sixth place overall with a time of 1:58.35.
In the field events, Mitchell Soviak (SO/Richwood, Ohio) led the Cougars with his performance in the shot put. Soviak finished third overall in the event with a 15.22 meter throw.
Sam Nordquist (JR/Richwood, Ohio) made fFinals in the Long Jump and Ryan Thurman (SR/Urbana, Ohio) made the Finals in Javelin
The Lady Cougars finished the Seahawk Invitational also with great finishes in the track events.
Shenell Williams made the Finals in hurdles, while Rachel Gerber placed in the top 15 in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.36.
Thoughts from Coach Chip Wilson
"Anytime we can take a trip away from the University is an opportunity to grow closer as a team. The three goals we had in place coming into the week included growing closer as a team, strong training and effort in competition. After reflecting on the week I am very pleased with the growth of the team, our week's training and how we competed. UNC-Wilmington's coaching staff was welcoming and they organized a well run meet with solid competition. This week set the tone for our outdoor season. We had leaders step up for us, and we will be ready for our upcoming meets."
NEXT UP FOR THE COUGARS
The men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will continue their season this Saturday as they will compete in the Muskie Duals hosted by Muskingum University.