Trine track teams compete in Ball State Challenge

MUNCIE — Trine University’s track and field teams competed with schools at all levels in the unscored Ball State University Challenge Friday.

The Thunder men had a best overall finish in the running events in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Freshman Neil O’Brien was fourth in 10 minutes, 9.18 seconds, and junior Kody Snyder was fifth at 10:13.08.

Senior Patrick Richardville posted a pair of top times with a best overall individual finish of seventh in the 100 dash at 10.83 seconds and ninth in the 200 in 21.81 seconds. That helped him earn Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors.

The 10.83 seconds in the 100 dash ranks second in the MIAA this season and the 29th-fastest in Division III. The 21.81 in the 200 is the fastest in the MIAA and 23rd in Division III.

Junior Jasper Bassett, a DeKalb High School graduate, placed eighth in the 400 in 49.93 seconds.

Freshman Jack Beakas, another former Baron, and sophomore Vilis Vuskalns placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 5,000 with times of 16:00.53 and 16:05.24.

Off the track, junior Jeffery Barnett placed fifth in the long jump with a best leap of 23 feet, 2.75 inches, falling 2.75 inches shy of tying his own school outdoor record. That distance is among the best in NCAA Division III this season.

In the pole vault, junior Ryan Haarer was fifth by clearing the bar at 13-11.25 and senior Collin Butler was sixth at 13-5.5.

In the javelin, freshman Matt Klenke placed seventh for Trine at 139-3.75, followed by senior teammate David Schaaf in eighth at 126-6.

Junior Nick Gerber was seventh in the hammer throw with a distance of 176-9.25 and ninth in the shot put 45-10.75.

For the Thunder women, freshman Jenny Flora placed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 100-6.75 and senior Kyla Binfet placed seventh in the 5,000 in 18:48.93.

Freshman Abigail Kuhlman was 10th in the pole vault (9-5.75) and 12th in the long jump at 16-6.50, which was a half inch short of tying the school outdoor record.

Freshman Evonne Bultemeyer was 13th in the 800 in 2:22.63.

Sophomore Andrea Hagar was 14th in the hammer throw at 131-4 and 15th in the discus at 119-11.25.

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