Spartans pick up three event titles at HU, turn in runner-up team finish

Spartans pick up three event titles at HU, turn in runner-up team finish

HUNTINGTON, IND. – The beat continued for Manchester University's record-setting track and field campaign Saturday, April 18.

Senior Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.) and freshman Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio), as they have through a good share of the 2015 indoor and outdoor seasons, laid waste to the school record books once again. Rowe's leap of five feet, seven and a quarter inches, winning the high jump, overtook former standout Kailey Honn's leap of 1.7 meters in 2010 by a tenth of a meter (1.71) for a new school mark. Keller, for the third time in the outdoor slate, set a new pole vault standard, going 3.4 meters (10 feet, 11 and a quarter inches) for third place at Huntington University's Invitational.

Rowe's high jump title was one of four individual event wins for the Spartans. Sophomore thrower Shay Aator (West Lafayette, Ind.) won the hammer throw (157 feet, four inches), and fellow sophomore Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) crossed first in the 1500 meters (4:55.17).

The Black and Gold compiled an impressive 116-point total. They trailed only National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' member Indiana Wesleyan who won the meet with 244 points.

Manchester University now takes aim at individual and team honors at the 2015 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. Transylvania University is the host venue.

NOTES: Several Spartans made improvements to their standing on the current conference performance list at HU's Merillat Complex. Rowe increased her hold in the high jump and also moved into first on the long jump (16 feet, 10 inches); Keller stayed first in the pole vault; Jordan climbed into the top five in the 1500 (third-fastest time) and the 800 (fifth-quickest – 2:23.3) as did fellow distance runner junior Peyton Miller (Clayton, Ohio) (fourth-fastest – 2:22.53) in the 800; the 4x100 quartet of Rowe, Keller and freshmen Olivia Jenks (Elkhart, Ind.) and Angela Gonzalez (Middlebury, Ind.) registered the third-fastest time (51.16 seconds); senior Megan Nibert (LaPorte, Ind.) moved into the pole vault top five (nine feet, 11 and three-quarters inches – good for fourth); the freshman duo of Whitney White (Portage, Ind.) and Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) improved to the top five in the shot put (White – fourth – 36 feet, 11 inches/Cauhorn – 36 feet, 10 and a quarter inches); Cauhorn held on to the top spot in the discus (129 feet, four inches) and Aator took over third (119 feet, eight inches); senior Ashley Kann (Etna Green, Ind..) cracked the top five in the hammer throw (127 feet, five inches – fourth-longest); and freshman Brandi Whitaker (Monrovia, Ind.) zipped into fourth in the javelin (100 feet even) …  Rowe's high jump effort puts her sixth on the current NCAA Division III national list.