On Feb 16th , 2019, The Earlham College men’s and women’s track teams both finished in the top 5 at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships at the George M. Smart Center at Defiance College, Ohio.
The Earlham women’s team tallied 73 points to finish 4th out of 10 teams, just seven points behind Manchester, which took 3rd place. The 4th place showing is the best for Earlham
women’s track and field at the HCAC indoor meet since the Quakers joined the conference in
the 2010-11 season. Rose-Hulman won the HCAC indoor crown with 163 points, followed by
Hanover with 131.50 points.
The Earlham men tallied 57 points to place 3rd in the HCAC indoor meet, just beating out fourth
place Manchester with 55.50 points. The third-place showing marks Earlham’s best men’s
showing at the HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships since the Quakers joined the
conference in the 2010-11 season. Rose-Hulman won the championship with 199.50 points,
while Hanover came second with 152 points.
“The players are now seeing themselves as a legitimate HCAC track program because two
years ago, we finished 10 th , then last year we finished 8 th , with the men, and for the women, we
went from 10 th to 5 th to 4 th , and now we are a known commodity in the conference,” said Head
Coach, Rob Hewitt.
Due to the performance of the Quakers at the championships, Earlham College men’s and
women’s track and field teams sent a small group to the Tufts National Qualifying Meet this past
Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts.
“The people that went for the school are conference champions in their events, this is the first
time since I got here that we have had players qualify for nationals. It’s fun to compete against
peer institutions,” Hewitt said.
The Quakers competed all day Saturday against some of New England’s top Division III
WOMEN’S 60M DASH
Senior Aishat Sadiq finished fourth in the 60m finals with a time of 7.98 seconds.
WOMEN’S 200M DASH
Aishat Sadiq was second in her five-person event, and seventh overall, with a time of 26.34
Sophomore Ellie Haland clocked a time of 2:19.46 in the 800m, setting a new Earlham record.
She won her four-person event.
The men’s DMR (distance medley relay) team of Ian Shriner (SO), Michael Grady (SO),
Emanuel Faria (SO), and Austin Burt (FR) set a new Earlham record, posting a time of
10:37.38. In the 4x400m relay, the Quakers’ time of 3:31.76 recorded by Drew Fitzgibbon (SO),
Michael Grady, Emanuel Faria, while Ian Shriner was just a few seconds shy of a new school
record, with the old one set at 3:20.64.
Freshman Austin Burt finished ninth in the event with a time of 8:53.30.
MEN’S 60M DASH
Sheldan Lindsay (FR) recorded a time of 7.42 seconds in the 60m dash preliminaries, finishing
seventh in his event.
MEN’S 60M HIGH HURDLES
First-year Jake Patton was third in his 60m high hurdles event with a time of 8.72 seconds and
qualified for the event finals. He crossed the line in 8.69 seconds in the finals, setting a new
personal best and Earlham record in the process.
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP
Patton also competed in the triple jump, where his best mark was an effort of 42-2 1/4 (12.86m).
He finished eighth in the event.