Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 - posted by Cameron Andry
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MARION, Ind. – The Taylor men's track and field team saw a school record fall and multiple athletes hit NAIA National Championship qualifying marks on Saturday at the Indiana Wesleyan Classic.  


Caleb Anthony, who entered the weekend with the fastest 60-meter hurdles time in the NAIA this season, was even faster on Saturday as the freshman broke the school record held by Brandon Wilchcombe with a blistering time of 8.09. Anthony finished just .02 seconds behind the reigning NAIA indoor national champion, Taylor Killings from Marian. Anthony also posted an eighth place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 22.95.


Leslie Romer continued TU's success in the sprints with a victory in the 60-meter dash. Romer's time of 6.87 cleared the NAIA A standard as Romer earned a return trip to the NAIA Indoor National Championships next month.


Senior Matt Hall, who earned All-American honors in the 5,000-meters at last year's NAIA Indoor National Championships, won the 5,000-meters and hit the NAIA A standard with a time of 15:04.98.


Harry Dantona and Jonny DeHaan enjoyed successful days in the field events. Dantona finished third and hit the NAIA B standard in the weight throw with a toss of 16.66 meters. DeHaan claimed a victory in the pole vault and also hit the NAIA B standard clearing the mark of 4.60 meters.  


Taylor's distance medley relay team of Benjamin Byrd, Sam Lacher, Wes Noyes, and Tanner Dye hit the NAIA B standard with a time of 10:25.87.


Taylor took two of the top four spots in the 600-meters with junior Kyle Shelton finishing third with a time of 1:24.75 followed by freshman Nathan Fill in fourth with a time of 1:24.90.


Trojan runners claimed two of the top seven spots in the 800-meters. Byrd posted a time of 1:58.59 to take fourth place while fellow sophomore Seth Harden finished seventh with a time of 2:00.24.


Taylor will host the Trojan Invitational next Saturday in the final tune-up before the Crossroad League Invitational on February 17-18.