UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor's distance medley relay team hit the NAIA A standard to qualifying for the Indoor National Championships for the sixth straight year as part of a successful day for the TU women's track and field team at the Trojan Invitational on Saturday.
The DMR team of Rachel Blagg, Margie Crosby, Taylor Bluemel, and Mae Elizabeth Gimre lit up the track en route to a blistering time of 12:32.19. Gimre's performance was arguably the most impressive as the sophomore set a lifetime best time of 5.11 in the mile segment of the DMR.
Gimre followed up her impressive performance in the relay with a second place finish in the 3,000-meters with a mark of 10:39.56. Blagg and Bluemel also performed well in their other races as the duo took second and third, respectively in the 1,000-meters. Blagg's time of 3:04.15 narrowly missed the NAIA B standard in the event.
Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh also enjoyed a successful day as the sophomore finished second and hit the NAIA B standard in the long jump with a mark of 5.47 meters. Sakeuh also notched a victory in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.15. Sakeuh's time of 8.99 in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries meets the NAIA's A standard.
Freshman Naomi Noyes paced a trio of Trojans in the top five of the 800-meters. Noyes took home the victory with a time of 2:22.58 while sophomores Crosby and Anna Souzis finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Wood added a fourth place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 10.68 meters while sophomore Brianna Jordahl notched the best TU finish in the shot put with a fifth place finish following a toss of 11.49 meters.
The Trojans return to action on Friday in the first day of the Crossroads League Invitational held at Indiana Wesleyan next weekend.