MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Mount Mercy men's and women's track & field teams opened the outdoor season this weekend, competing at the Rhodes Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Winston Wolfe Track and Field Complex.
Five individuals and one team event placed in the top 10 for the Mount Mercy women. Kathryn Vander Poel, Jazmine Reynolds, Mady Roth and Claire Davis made up the 4x800 meter relay team which ran 10:02.67, good enough for a third-place finish. Vander Poel was also fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.91. Continuing with the running events, Receva Duos earned fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles in :15.67.
Rachel Gadient, Nicole Sanborn and Kristi Feldman led the Mustangs in the field events. Gadient was sixth in the high jump (4'-11''), Sanborn placed sixth in the javelin (112'-10'') and Feldman finished 10th in the discus (116'-10'').
On the men's side, three individuals cracked Mount Mercy's all-time top 10 in field events. Christian Reischauer placed sixth in the long jump (21'-4''), the second-farthest in school history (Jeff Buss/21'-11 3/4"/1994). Gustavo Caballero was fourth in the triple jump (42'-8'') and now holds the top five distances in school history in the event.
Armando Arellanos earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw (153'-11'') and landed his first-ever top-10 mark. His distance Saturday ranks seventh all-time. Zelmon Knowles was the lone Mustang to place in the top 10 on the track, finishing eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.75.
The Mustangs will have two weeks off before traveling to Pella for the Central Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1.