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Taylor women win Crossroads indoor track title on Saturday

Only one team finished within 80 points of the Taylor women’s indoor track and field program on Saturday, as it put the competition away in convincing fashion for a second-straight Crossroads League Championship.

TU posted 191 points over the two-day event for a 30-point gap on second-place Indiana Wesleyan. Marian came in a distant third with 109 points and no other squad came within 100 points of the dominant Trojans.

Taylor picked up one win, seven NAIA standards, one meet record and one TU program record on the day, while taking first or second in six-of-12 events.

Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.77 seconds to set a new meet record and hit the NAIA A standard with the third best time in the nation this season.  

Taylor Bluemel and Sarah Harden were second and third in the 3,000 with A standard times and Mae Elizabeth Gimre following in fourth with a B mark. Gimre and Harden teamed up again to take second and third in the mile, with Gimre’s time of 5:08.94 placing her seventh in the NAIA this season.

Miriam Wood was second in triple jump and fourth in the 400. Sarah Robinson was runner up in the 60 meter hurdles and and Wally McKinney finished fourth in the shot put with a Taylor-record of 39-09.25.

Taylor will compete again at Hillsdale on Saturday.

Indiana Wesleyan produced seven All-Crossroads League performances for finishing in the top three of an event. Paige Sutter won the Shot Put and Erica Stutsman won the 800-Meter to give the Wildcats a pair of individual champions on Friday.

For the weekend, Indiana Wesleyan earned six NAIA standards, 12 All-Crossroads League efforts, and four Crossroads League titles. 

Lorna Bechtel placed second out of 10 in the Long Jump to earn All-Crossroads League recognition while Sutter and Gloria Dean both earned All-League recognition in the Shot Put. Sutter won the Crossroads League championship in the event with a mark of 13.52-meters (44-4.25 feet) while Dean was third (12.22-meters or 40-1.25 feet).

Alex McFarland and Arianna Kleppinger each secured All-Crossroads League honors in the 60-Meter Dash. McFarland was second place in 7.82 seconds and Kleppinger was third place in 7.95 seconds. Erica Stutsman claimed the 800-Meter championship (2:20.85). McFarland won the 200-Meter Dash in a time of 26.39. 

Indiana Wesleyan completes next weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Men’s indoor track and field

IWU third, TU fourth in CL meet

The Indiana Wesleyan men’s indoor track and field team finished third in the Crossroads League Championship with 119 points to  finish behind Bethel (166) and Marian (140). Taylor was fourth with 98.

Brennan Coil won the Shot Put and Jesse Saxton won the Mile Run to claim Crossroads League championships.

In all, Indiana Wesleyan closed out the weekend championship meet with six NAIA standards, 10 All-Crossroads League efforts, and three Crossroads League championships.

Coil hit the NAIA A standard in the Shot Put with a mark of 17.18-meters (56-4.5 feet). the fourth best throw this season in the NAIA.

Saxton ran a time of 4:15.50 in the Mile Run to earn the NAIA A standard and is fifth fastest in the NAIA.

Steven Ott and McGerran Clouser each earned All-League in the 800-Meter Run, finishing second and third.

Indiana Wesleyan completes next weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.

The Trojans picked up one win, one meet record, one program record and three NAIA standards during Saturday’s final day. 

Caleb Anthony was part of two second-place and NAIA standard performances for TU, hitting the A mark with a time of 8.26 in the 60-meter hurdles and teaming with Matt Sakeuh, Darryl Robinson and Shauntis Lewis to provisionally qualify for NAIA Nationals and set a new Taylor program record with a mark of 3:22.29 in a thrilling 4x400-meter relay.

Josh Roth won the 3,000-meters with an NAIA A-standard time of 8:36.79 to set a new CL Indoor Championships.

Taylor is set to return to action on Saturday at the Hillsdale Invite.

Boys basketball

Madison-Grant 71, Alexandria 65

Wyatt Rudy poured in 30 points to lead M-G to a win in Alexandria Saturday.

Rudy connected on 12-of-14 field goal attempts and 6-of-9 from the foul line to lead four Argylls in double figures. Isaac Cooper added 18 points, Kaden Howell chipped in with 13 while Grant Brown scored 10 points and handed out 11 assists.

Madison-Grant (10-9) hosts Lapel on Friday at 7:30 p.m.