The John Carroll University’s women’s track and field team split up for a pair of meets over the weekend. Several members of the squad traveled to Boston for the prestigious David Hemery Valentine Invitational, while the majority of the team headed to Denison University in Granville, Ohio for the Bob Shannon Invitational, where the Blue Streaks finished in third place.
The highlight of the weekend was written in Boston, as JCU’s contingent set three school records. Senior Gabriella Kreuz was involved in all three record-setting performances. She started off on Friday, Feb. 7 by breaking the 800-meter school record, finishing at 2:15.3. And Kreuz didn’t stop there.
The three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week combined with senior Nicki Bohrer, freshman Joy Nyaanga and junior Haley Turner in the 4×400 relay, breaking a JCU record in 4:03.97. Then Bohrer, Kreuz,and Nyaanga teamed up with freshman Becky Rohwer to break the JCU record of the weekend with a 12:17.37 time in distance medley relay on Saturday.
“We stepped up to the big stage and proved ourselves,” Kreuz said. “We still have work to do, but I’m proud of our girls for acting like we belonged and using the opportunity to not only hit our goals, but set the bar even higher for what we want to achieve moving forward.”
At the Bob Shannon Invitational, JCU, the defending Ohio Athletic Conference champions, came out with a tremendous showing, even without some of their top runners. JCU captured third in the meet, only seven points off first place.
In the 3K, junior Jenny Vrobel took third and senior Alyssa Singer took fourth. Up next in the mile run, three JCU runners had strong performances. Senior Caroline Kapela took home second, senior Anna Busta notched fourth and junior Emily Mapes earned fifth.
Junior Danielle Sample had a stellar day, too, capturing third in the 400m and fourth in the triple jump. Junior Megan Martinko tabbed third in the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Emily Jenkins captured fourth in the 60-meter and sophomore Hanna Sterle finished in fourth in the 5K, capping off the remarkable weekend for the JCU runners.