Lancers Battle Elements at Manchester Invitational

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NORTH MANCHESTER — Light morning snow and temperatures that didn’t reach 40 degrees weren’t enough to prevent Grace’s athletics team from putting up quality performances at the Manchester Invitational. Despite the cold and the choice to exclude several athletes from the competition, the women of the Lancers placed second overall in the competition, while the men came in third.

The individual highlight of the day came in the women’s 1,500 meter race where Heather Plastow reached the NAIA “B” qualifying mark and broke her own school record with a time of 4:43.12 for second place. . Close behind Plastow was Kylie Sauder, who finished in 4:43.75 and also broke the previous school mark of 4:44.43. Anna Hulstedt ran well in the race, setting a personal best of 4:58.81.

The Grace women produced three event winners at the meet. Emma Conrad won the 100 hurdles in 16.01, while Lanae Crowe captured the disc with a throw of 132-foot-11. Mackenzie DeLong was close behind in second, registering a disc mark of 131-8. The other winning performance came from Emily McCreary in the high jump, clearing 4-9.

DeLong had a strong all-around day in the throws, placing second in the javelin throw (106 feet) and sixth in the shot put (37-5.25).

Emma Lehman notched a second-place finish in the pole vault (8-8.25), and Ellie Wagoner and Caroline Kolb crossed the line in fifth (13:05.50) and sixth (13:17.23), respectively , in the 3,000m steeplechase.

On the men’s side, Bryan Hernandez-Rios won the 800 in 1:58.73 and was also second in the 1,500 in 3:57.66. Logan Rufenacht was third in the 1,500 in 3:59.17 and Derek O’Connor was fourth in the 800 in 2:01.48.

Another winner for the Lancers was Isaac Brown in the javelin with a 175-0 mark. He added a second place in the long jump (20-10.75).

Ethan Brown was second in the javelin (145-10), while Josh Pike was fourth in the long jump (20-7.75). Bryce Willard finished fifth on disc (126-8).

In the running events, Macallister Cheek placed second in the 3000m steeplechase (10:17.67) and Connor Kitson was third in the 110 hurdles (16.60).

Korry Hamlin produced a big personal best to finish third in the 5000m (15:14.62), while Dimitri Margaritidis came in fourth (15:32.94).

Several Grace athletes will face off Monday at Indiana Tech. The full team won’t be back in action until the Indiana Little State Championships at Indiana Wesleyan on April 22-23.


Grace splits the series at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — Grace and Marian began their baseball doubleheader with a split in Indianapolis on a freezing Saturday afternoon.

The Knights won Game 1 7-5 before Grace won emphatically 12-2 to earn the critical split.

After Saturday’s results, the Lancers (14-21, 8-14 CL) edged the Knights in the Crossroads League standings for eighth place by one game. The top eight ranked teams earn a spot in the playoff CL tournament.

Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair with the Knights scoring in the final innings to retire.

The Knights (15-19, CL 7-13) capitalized on a fielding error from Grace in the third inning, scoring three unearned runs to take a 3-1 lead.

Grace was undeterred, however, pushing through three-pointers to regain the lead. The Lancers’ three runs in the fifth and sixth innings came with two outs, including a two-out double by Alex Rich and a two-out single by Jake Cox.

Marian fought back with two runs in the sixth and seventh frames to take a 7-4 lead, which was good enough for the Knights.

Chris Griffin tried to revive a final-inning rally with a solo home run in the ninth inning, but Grace couldn’t get close.

Cox went 2 for 3 with 2 runs, 1 walk and 1 RBI, and Jeff Pawlik had 1 hit, 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 walk.

The Lancers had a 10-point rout in Game 2. Evan Etchison was snappy on the mound when he started, and the Lancers drove in 12 runs on 11 hits.

The game was even at 1-1 with two sets over, but Grace was about to take control of the game.

The third inning belonged to the Lancers. Austin Carr, Cox and Griffin each scored a single in a run. Additionally, Lucas Slager had an RBI double and Patrick Danforth drove in two with a triple as Grace placed in the frame seven times.

The Lancers weren’t done scoring though. Grace added four more runs over the next two innings to take a double-digit lead.

In the fourth inning, Sam Newkirk led off with a single and took advantage of a passed fly ball and a wild pitch to head home.

In the fifth inning, a two-out, two-run single by Josh Cosme gave the Lancers a 12-2 lead.

Marian was quiet throughout the streak and was held to one hit the final four innings.

Etchison picked up the win, allowing an earned run with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Caleb Farney pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief and did not allow a hit or walk during his stint.

Danforth hit 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base, and Slager hit 2-for-4 with two runs and a steal.

Cosme reached base safely four times and made two runs, and Carr had two hits and two runs.

The Lancers are on the road next week, including a single game Wednesday at Indiana Tech and a weekend streak at St. Francis Friday and Saturday.


Lancers brave the bad weather in Trine


ANGOLA, Ind. –The Grace men’s golf team battled it out on an unusually cold and windy April day at the Trine Invitational on Saturday.

The Lancers placed fifth out of 13 teams at Zollner Golf Course, largely competing against NCAA Div. III opponents.

Blake Lawson shot a 75 to place 13th in a crowded field. He was one stroke from a top seven and four strokes from the lap leader.

Noah Wright (76) and Parker Wilburn (77) finished just behind Lawson in the individual standings.

Payton Kelly carded an 81 and Chase Byron (85) rounded out Grace’s score.

Tristen Dubbs (81) and Eric Haegeland (86) also competed for the Lancers in this event.

The Lancers face off again Monday with the Sagamore Shootout at Sagamore Country Club.

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