Thanks to two victories in 4×400-meter relay and the distance medley, the John Carroll University women’s track and field earned a fourth place finish at the Joe Banks Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6 in Ada, Ohio.
The 4×400-meter team of juniors Sara Martinko and Joy Nyaanga, sophomore Ashura Powell and sophomore Noelle Saluan bested the field by nearly three seconds in their victory, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:07.77.
Later in the day, the distance medley team, consisting of senior Hanna Sterle, junior Schasia Modrzynski and sophomores Emma Harvey and Lauren Gornik also claimed first place in their event, winning the relay with a time of 13:14.45.
The lone individual victory for the Blue Streaks on the day came in the 5000-meter run, where senior Martha Bill was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 19:29.96.
Senior Emily Jenkins earned valuable points for JCU in multiple events. Jenkins placed fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.09 seconds, and then followed up that performance by teaming up with Nyaanga, Martinko and Powell in the 4×200-meter relay to finish in fifth with a time of 1:49.43.
Junior Becky Rohwer narrowly missed out on a first place finish in the one mile run as she claimed second place, crossing the line just .52 seconds behind the first place finisher from Otterbein University.
Freshman Alainna Schmidt also aided JCU’s cause, finishing fourth in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:29.53
At the end of the day, the Blue Streaks earned 72 points, finishing behind Ohio Northern University (152), Otterbein University (122) and Heidelberg University (91) and beating out Ohio Dominican University (54).