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Rapid Recap: Track and field keeps momentum rolling

Wilma Nielsen runs in an indoor race in 2021. Photo courtesy of Bradley Athletics.

Bradley track and field hoped to continue their success at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the GVSU Big Meet.

At the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, senior Jack Crull became the first Bradley athlete to run a mile in under four minutes during competition to earn him 36th place out of 358 runners.

In the men’s 5000-meter, senior Michael Rebello set the school record with his time of 13:58.42. In the 3000m, freshman Zach Balzer finished 11th in the unseeded race with a time of 8:19.90. In the seeded race of the 3000m, freshman Jayde Rosslee finished 75th.

Senior Julia Nielsen continued her successful season by taking home the second-fastest time in Bradley history in the women’s 800m, while freshman Lena Stolla took home the sixth-fastest time. Nielsen’s time of 2:04.58 set a new MVC record and earned her female track athlete of the week for the second time in a row.

Sophomore Trixie Wraith continued her success in the women’s mile with her personal best and the third-best time in Bradley history. Junior Abi Hancock also competed in the women’s mile, recording her personal best and capturing the sixth-fastest time in program history.

Finally, in the women’s 3000m, sophomore Nadia Potgieter set the second-fastest time in Bradley history while freshman Ciara Thornley finished 108th out of 160 runners.

At the GVSU Big Meet, junior Eli Rieker broke the fastest men’s 60m time in Bradley history while also taking sixth place.

In the men’s 800m early section, senior Mason Jones finished 31st, freshman Kaden Kingsmith took 28th and sophomore Brock Rice took home seventh. Additionally, freshman Jaxson Copelin ran the third-fastest time in program history to take fifth while senior Will Smith took 28th and sophomore Ivan Westcott took 30th.

In the men’s mile, Rice took 27th and senior Aidan Donohue took 29th. In the women’s mile, sophomore Julia de la Piedra Sitjas took 24th.

Sophomore Caleb Lind took home fourth place in the men’s 3000m early section while freshman Parker Nold finished just behind in fifth.

In the women’s 400m, junior Amiyah Davis took home 12th with a time of 56:37. In the 400m early section, sophomore Syeira Campbell took 13th and sophomore Hope Rajlich finished behind her in 20th.

In the women’s 800m early section, junior Andriana Erotocritou took first with a time of 2:14.99. Senior Kyra Koontz finished in 32nd in the 60m hurdles preliminaries.

To round out the weekend, in the 4×400 relay the team of Campbell, Davis, Rajlich and Erotocritou finished in 16th.

The Braves hope to keep their momentum up at the Iowa Open on Feb. 17.

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