The men and women of the track team continue to get better as the season progresses. Both the men and women had several first place finishes on the weekend. Quintin Long started the ball rolling for the men with a win in the discus. He was followed by D'Andre Smalley winning both the 5000 meter run and the 1500 meter run. D'Andre qualified in his third event for Nationals when he won the 1500 in a time of 4:05.82, two seconds below the NCCAA qualifying standard of 4:08.00.
On the ladies' side, Samantha Cortese won both the shotput and discus, continuing to improve on the season she is having. "I'm very proud of the way Samantha is continuing to get better each meet. She is putting the work in and I'm looking forward to seeing what she's able to do at nationals!" Praised Coach Hall. Kiara Hernandez had a really standout day as well, running both the 5000 and 3000. She had personal bests in both!
Possibly two of the best performances of the day were second place finishes though. Ethan Alexander and Alton Lewis both set new personal bests as well as new school records! Ethan ran the 800 meter run in a time of 1:54.08, bringing it down to the line, just barely being edged out by three one hundredths of a second by an unattached runner. Alton improved on his best 400 meter dash running 49.35, lowering his own school record.
This invitational is named in honor of Susan Rouse, a beloved professor at Southern Wesleyan, and wife of the cross country coach, Chip Rouse. She continued to serve very effectively in her role as the Chair of the Science Division and Biology professor until she lost her battle with cancer in November of 2014. We pray God's continued love, mercy, and grace upon the two children and husband she leaves behind.