The Bradley track team traveled to Indiana State for the Gibson Invitational this past weekend. The men and women brought home four top-10 finishes and 13 personal records.
Senior Kathryn Adelman and freshman Hannah Ivy led the women by capturing two top-10 finishes. Adelman finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 11.26 seconds. It beat her personal record by 0.36 seconds and ranks as the seventh-best time in Bradley history.
Ivy finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.76 seconds. She set the sixth-best time in Bradley history and a new personal record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.17 seconds.
Adelman was optimistic about the rest of the season after breaking her personal best in the 800.
“It’s definitely motivating, I mean you’re always looking to beat your personal records and keep moving up for your own personal goals,” Adelman said. “It’s encouraging for the rest of the season that’s for sure.”
On the men’s side, senior David Shadid and redshirt freshman Evan Mitchell led with two top-five finishes. Shadid finished in second place in the 200 dash with a time of 48.16 seconds. He missed out in breaking his personal record in the event by 0.45 seconds.
Mitchell finished off the weekend’s four top-10 performances with a fourth place in the 3000-meter steeplechase and a time of 9:37.28. He broke into the school’s top-10 times for the event and improved his previous record by 13 seconds.
“My event is pretty odd, so anything positive you can take away from it is great,” Mitchell said. “Getting in the top-10 is pretty motivating.”
On top of the men’s two top five finishes, there were three personal records broken in the 1500-meter run. Junior Kerry Gschwendtner finished in 4:03.06, redshirt freshman Jack Franklin finished in 4:03.64 and senior Nikolas Hess finished in 4:04.08.
Looking forward, head coach Darren Gauson is excited to see where the team ends up.
“For indoors, the men scored the most points in school history. We just got to continue the moment from two really good seasons,” Gauson said. “We already got four people in position to qualify for NCAA. If we could get six, seven, eight people to qualify to the NCAA first round it would cap off what would probably be the best season in program history.”
Both the men and women will travel to Champaign for the Illinois Twilight meet tomorrow.