by Joshua Booth
CRETE, NEB. – Bethel College’s track and field team kicked off the 2018 indoor season in record-breaking fashion Jan. 13 at the Scott Nisely Memorial Track & Field Classic held on the campus of Doane University.
The Threshers set four school records in the season opener and added a national qualifier to the mix.
Jennifer Andres, freshman from Newton, paced the way for the Threshers. In her first-ever collegiate meet, she set two school records and qualified for the NAIA tournament in the 60 meters.
The daughter of Bethel track star Andi Schmidt Andres, Jen Andres also began her Thresher career by joining her mom in the record books (Andi Andres has two outdoor records, in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays).
Julio Martinez, senior from Phoenix, and Robert Graham, freshman from Wichita, picked up the other records, in the 800 meters and the 35-pound weight throw, respectively.
For their efforts, both Andres and Martinez earned Track Athlete of the Week awards for Jan. 8-14 for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Andres opened her collegiate career by running 7.85 in the 60 meter prelims to win her heat and break the old school record of 7.99, held by Rashé Boynton.
In the process, Andres met the NAIA provisional qualifying standard in the event. She ran 7.87 in the finals to finish third.
“I knew Jen was ready to run fast, but I wasn’t expecting that fast in her first race,” said Bethel head track and field coach Jeff Hoskisson.
Andres finished off her day with a second-place finish in the 200 meters, running 26.13 to take her second school record of the day.
Kyla Williams, sophomore from Clinton, Oklahoma, also running her first race as a Thresher, finished seventh in the 60 with 8.08, after qualifying in the prelims with 8.10.
Lori White, freshman from Yale, Oklahoma, turned in a time of 29.02 in 200 meters. Earlier in the meet, White ran a time of 1:06.32 in the 400 meters to open her collegiate career.
Martinez inched closer to the NAIA indoor qualifying standard in the 800 meters. Trailing after the first 200, he then took control of the race and ran away from the rest of the field for the event win.
“It was one of the best 800 races that Julio has run at Bethel,” Hoskisson said. “It was a big win for him against some competition that we usually don’t get a chance to see.”
Martinez broke his own school 800 meter record, which he had set just a month previously. His time of 1:57.89 was almost a full second quicker than his previous best, while also being strong enough to win the meet.
Martinez receives his second weekly award from the KCAC in his career, after earning one as a cross-country athlete in fall 2016.
Graham opened the record-setting day for the Threshers in the 35-pound weight throw. Throwing in competition for the first time, he tossed the implement 39-7.5 to put his name in the record books.
Graham added a throw of 25-1.25 in the shot. Josh Jackson, freshman from Snyder, Oklahoma, threw the weight 22-1.5 and the shot 22-9.25.
“Robbie did a great job today,” said Hoskisson. “It’s his first time ever throwing the implement in a competition. He has been working real hard with Coach Anderson to learn the event and today was rewarded for his work.”
In other field events, Heath Goertzen, senior from Goessel, jumped 19-1.5 in the long jump and 41-5.75 in the triple jump.
On the track, the group of Amondre Street, freshman from Oklahoma City, Bruce Rosario, sophomore from Pollocksville, North Carolina, Adam Sigwing, freshman from Halstead, and Jordan Tisdale, freshman from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, performed well in the season opener.
Street just missed a school record in the 60, running 7.32. He followed that up with a 24.43 effort in the 200.
Rosario ran a personal best of 7.35 in the 60 and 23.91 in the 200. Sigwing ran 53.57 in the 400 and 24.56 in the 200. Tisdale turned in a time of 7.90 in the 60.
Street and Rosario teamed up with Goertzen and Martinez to run 3:52.74 in the 4x400 to end the meet.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
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