"It was very encouraging to have four individual winners here," said Tim Springfield, Interim Director of Track and Field. "The fields were uniformly strong, and it was very good preparation for the kind of competition we'll see at Heps. I was excited to see Alex Stanton win her first race of the season in a PR time. She's been working extremely hard."
Akanda claimed the high jump and broke into the program's all-time top-10 list with a cleared height of 5-07.00, topping the field of 14 jumpers.
Sophomore Alexandra Stanton (Medfield, Mass.) won the 400-meter hurdles as she topped a field of 22 with a personal-best time of 59.84.
Lacey Craker (Baraboo, Wis.) placed first in the discus with another personal best as she won with a toss of 168-05, while Kebeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) took second with a throw of 149-06. Craker also placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 187-03.
In the pole vault, Hannah Wallace (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) topped the field of 10 with a cleared height of 12-01.50 to round out the quartet of first-place finishers.
Uzoamaka Okoro (Darien, Ill.) also added a runner-up performance in the triple jump with a leap of 39-01.75.
On the men's side, sophomore Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) took seventh in the discus with a throw of 163-10. Clavette broke the school record in the event at last week's Snowflake Invitational with a throw of 187-2.
Other top finishers on the men's side included John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) in the 400 meters (48.52, fourth), Anthony Mazola (Hernando, Miss.) in the 100 meters (11.07, fifth) and Will Sheeran (Seattle, Wash.) in the 1,500 meters (3:58.54, sixth). Mazzola also added a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 21.87.
"For many of the athletes, this was their first competition, and we showed some rust in places," said Springfield. "But overall I was happy with where we are early in the season and it was exciting to have all the event groups competing together for the first time."
The Bears return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they host the Brown Invitational at 10 a.m.