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Rapid Recap: Track and field finds more success in South Bend

Bradley track & field’s Julia Nielsen. Photo courtesy of Bradley Athletics.

Bradley headed to Notre Dame over the weekend to compete at the Meyo Invitational. With 37 schools competing, the Braves continued their hot streak of top finishes and personal bests.

Starting with the men’s mile, freshman Jayde Rosslee led the way with a 4:08.31, which earned him the eighth-best time in Bradley history and 10th in the competition. Alongside the freshman, sophomore Caleb Lind, freshman Zachary Balzer and sophomore Brock Rice all had personal bests. 

Continuing on the men’s side, junior Eli Rieker competed in the 60-meter and the 200-meter, setting the new school record in both races with times of 6.82 and 21.91, respectively. The junior also earned top honors at the invitational with his performance in the 60.

Even more Bradley athletes ran themselves into the record books. Seniors Jack Krull and Max Dietrich earned second and fourth place all-time in the 800-meter with times of 1:50.43 and 1:51.30, respectively. Their times also earned them the top two spots in the event.

On the women’s side, sophomore Nadia Potgieter merited a time of 4:46.76 to give her the sixth-best time in Bradley history in the one-mile. Additionally, junior Abi Hancock boasted a final time of 2:11.52 in the 800 to give her ninth all-time.

As well, freshmen Ciara Thornley and Carissa Hamilton broke their personal bests in the one-mile. Thornley had a time of 4:55.86 and Hamilton finished with a time of 5:06.38. Junior Andriana Eroticritou broke her personal best in the 800 with a time of 2:16.07.

Outside of South Bend, senior Julia Nielsen took on the Bruce and Lehane Scarlet and White Invite at Boston University, where she recorded the second-best time in Bradley history in the 800-meter race. She ran it in 2:04.67, which placed her fifth at the competition and earned her the MVC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

The Braves are primed to take their talents to Boston and Grand Valley State, where they will compete in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and GVSU Big Meet Feb. 9-10.

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