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Track and field teams improve in HCAC meets

The women’s track and field team made better showings compared with last year in both the indoor and outdoor Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meets, while the men moved up in the outdoor meet. Both teams are led by head coach Heidi Pinkerton.

The women took eighth place in the indoor meet, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, one place better than in 2011. Senior Lucy Wright, who became the first Pioneer field athlete to be named Player of the Week in the HCAC, led the Pioneers with a second in the shot put while senior Betsy Heines was fourth in the 5,000-meter run. Wright made the All-HCAC first team.

At the outdoor meet, the women moved up three places, from 10th in 2011 to seventh. First-year runner Nicole Coffman took second in the 400-meter run, while Wright was fourth in the discus.

The men equaled their ninth-place indoors finish from 2011 and moved up from 10th to eighth in the outdoor meet. Outdoors, the 4 x 100 relay team (sophomore Browning Smith, senior Curtis Puryear, first-year runner Ben Lyvers, and sophomore Mason Williams) took fifth place, and senior Aaron Carrithers was sixth in the javelin.

Visit the track and field website for more information.

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