Outdoor Track completes final day at Indiana State Invitation

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Eastern Illinois Track & Field competed in the Indiana State Gibson Invitational this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind., where Adam Sawnson ran the 800 meters while several other Panthers set new personal bests.

To start things off on Thursday, Susan Gruszka competed in the women’s heptathlon and placed fourth in the javelin with a distance of 90′ 2″, earning 3872 points and 13th place overall.

We continue with Friday’s field events, Taylor Iverson And Clayre shaver both competed in the women’s hammer throw, posting 165′ 4″ (50.41 m) and 157′ 9″ (48.09 m), respectively, for fourth and eighth place finishes.

On the men’s side, Bradley Olysav finished fourth with a score of 192′ 7″ (58.70 m). Matthew Gladieux finished fifth with a score of 189′ 11″ (57.90 m).

By the man’s spear, Ramsey Hunt finished ninth with a distance of 162′ 11″ (49.67 m).

The track events had Noah Schalliol in eighth place in the men’s 5000 meters, with a personal best of 14:57.67. In the women’s race, Kyle Decker also set a personal best, crossing the finish line in 18:18.01 and finishing in 16th place.

The last day of competition started on Saturday Nathan Kirby winning the bronze medal in the men’s 110 meter hurdles, with a personal best of 14:35. For the ladies, Halle Thomas finished ninth in the 100m hurdles with a season best time of 14.45.

The men’s 4×100 team Billy Bailey Jr., Ramsey Hunt, Brailyn JohnsonAnd Ricky Johnson added another bronze medal for EIU after finishing the event in 41.25 seconds.

The Panthers won gold in the 800 meters Adam Swanson (1:52.51) and the silver with Isai Morales (1:52.63). It was Morales’ personal best at the event. On the women’s side, Kathryn Cichon in sixth place with a personal best of 2:15.81, followed by Brenda Torres he finished in seventh place with a time of 2:17.34.

Ricky Johnson in ninth place in the men’s 400 meter dash with a time of 48.91.

In the women’s 400 meter hurdles Halle Thomas finished in sixth place with a time of 1:05.46. Likewise, Greg Downs also came sixth in the men’s category with a season’s best time of 54.92.

At Saturday’s field events Elijah Skutt fifth place in the men’s high jump with a height of 6′ 3.25″ (1.91 m).

In the women’s discus throw Gracie Cox placed sixth with a distance of 142′ 6″ (43.44 m). Jenna Grzeskowiak came ninth with a distance of 134′ 3″ (40.93 m). In the men’s category Matthew Gladieux fourth place with a season record of 168′ 5″ (51.34 m). Sam Bradbury set a new personal best of 157′ 11″ (48.13 m) to finish in sixth place.

In the men’s shot put Alex Stout finished seventh with a season-best distance of 51′ 7″ (15.72 m).

Declan Ritzenthaler added another top three finish for the Panthers, with a third-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 15′ 11.25″ (4.86 m).

To close the day, Abby Venhaus in tenth place in the women’s triple jump, with a new personal best distance of 37′ 2.5″ (11.34 m). On the men’s side, Hunt placed fifth with a score of 46′ 2.75″ (14.09 m).

The Panthers now turn their attention to their two meets next weekend as they will compete in the Drake Relays held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and the Clark Wood Invitational held at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.