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Sailor Alum earns National Championship in 4×800 relay at Aquinas

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WOMEN’S 4X800 METER RELAY WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Track & Field – Sat, May 27, 2017

The women’s 4×800 meter relay made history as the Saints claimed the school’s first ever National Championship in the women’s 4×800 meter relay. The quartet of Melissa Winchester (SO/Wayland, Michigan), Alexis Miller (SO/Caledonia, MI), Sydney Anderson(SR/Livonia, Michigan), and Adri Sigafoose (JR/McBain, Michigan) ran an 8:53.57 to capture the crown and break the school record by 13 seconds.  Winchester popped off for the Saints with a career best effort of 2:14. Aquinas would then receive an outstanding performance by Miller, who mimicked Winchester’s 2:14.  With the Saints in great shape after two legs, Aquinas called on senior Sydney Anderson to carry the baton in her last race as a Saint. Anderson saved her best for last and closed her leg in 2:16, leaving the Saints four seconds off the pace set by British Columbia. Sigafoose would methodically would reel in the competition and would out sprint the field with a 2:07 split to secure the title for the Saints.  Sigafoose would also claim a heat win in the 800 meter preliminaries by posting a time of 2:12.25.  The heat win advanced her to Saturday’s final.

Aquinas’ one-two punch in the 100 meter hurdles nearly made the finals as Tori DeSira (JR/Dewitt, Michigan) and Alex King(SR/Lakeview, Michigan) tied for ninth place with matching 14.33 efforts. Amore Brown (SO/Flint, Michigan) would also run the hurdles and finish in 21st place in a time of 14.57.  Courtney Truss (JR/Traverse City, Michigan) competed in the 100 meters and finished with a time of 12.45 to finish in 34th place.  The women closed the night by finishing in 13th place in the 4×400 meter relay.  DeSira and Truss teamed up with Analis Floyd (SO/Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Anna Repesh (FR/Holland, Michigan) to cross the line in 3:54.33.

The men’s team saw Nate McKeown (FR/Hesperia, Michigan) place 11th in the high jump (6-6) and John Piatek (SO/Traverse City, Michigan) place 13th in the discus (157-8).

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