FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Taylor men’s track and field team opened its indoor season on Saturday with three Trojans hitting qualifying marks for the NAIA Indoor National Championships.
Sophomore standout Caleb Anthony was impressive in his season debut as he ran to a victory in the 60-meter hurdles with an NAIA A-standard time of 8.26. Anthony, who was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles at the Indoor National Championships last season, currently holds the best 60-meter hurdles time in the NAIA for this season.
Sophomore HeeLak Lee continued the strong performances from TU sprinters with an NAIA B-standard time of 6.93 in the 60-meter dash. Lee’s best time of 6.93 came during the qualifying heat then the sophomore posted a time of 6.99 to take third place in the finals.
Also qualifying for the NAIA Indoor National Championships was sophomore Jonathan DeHaan who hit the NAIA B-standard with a mark of 4.60 meters to take second place in the pole vault.
Taylor also got strong performances from several other athletes on Saturday. Freshman Darryl Robinson clocked a time of 24.13 to take 30th place in the 200-meters. Sophomore Noah Zaleski wasn’t far behind Robinson at 25.06 while freshman Caleb Ferguson and sophomore David Meleski also raced in the 200-meters with times of 25.24 and 25.41, respectively.
Robinson also raced in the 400-meters, taking 14th place with a time of 52.11. Junior Collen Cramer was close behind with a time of 52.59 in the 400-meters.
Freshman Adam Nichols claimed a fourth place finish in his collegiate debut in the high jump with a mark of 1.95 meters. Sophomore Luke Wilson claimed sixth place in the high jump with a mark of 1.90 meters. Nichols also led the way for Taylor in the long jump with a mark of 6.11 meters. While Wilson competed in the long jump as well as the shot put.
The Trojans will compete again on January 20 when TU travels to the Univeristy of Indianapolis Invitational.