UPLAND, IND. – Junior Laina Boggs (Frankfort, Ind.) put herself at the top of the list in the javelin, steering Manchester University's finishes at Taylor University Saturday, April 7.
Boggs sent the javelin 35.9 meters at the George Glass Track and Field Complex to defeat the 20-contestant field by over two meters. It was the second-longest effort in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and the third-farthest in program history.
Boggs' event championship was just part of the story for the Black and Gold throws' crew. She and senior teammate Whitney White (Portage, Ind.) went three-four in the shot put (11.45 meters/11.39 meters); senior Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) (37.91 meters) and White (36.62 meters) forged runner-up and fourth-place marks, respectively, in the discus; and senior Kara Brueckman (Crown Point, Ind.) and sophomore Austin Jones (Lapel, Ind.) were second and third in the hammer at 45.70 meters and 44.57 meters. Brueckman came back to place third in the javelin (32.45 meters), too.
Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Brian Cashdollar's team added four other first fives. Junior sprinter Dasia Beck (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the 100 (4th - 13.31 seconds); senior jumps specialist Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio) in the pole vault (4th – 3.40 meters); and the 4x400 and 4x100 meter relays that ended in third (4:31.08) and fifth (52.17 seconds), respectively, made up the group.
Manchester University returns to action Saturday, April 14, as part of the field at the 2018 Indiana Little State Championships hosted by DePauw University of Greencastle, Ind.