MARION, Ind. – The Taylor men's track and field team notched a third place finish at the first-ever indoor track and field Crossroads League Invitational on Saturday.
Freshman sprinter Caleb Anthony capped off a fantastic indoor regular season with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles as the Centerville, Ohio native posted a time of 8.13. Anthony added a fifth place finish in the 400-meters with a time of 51.49.
Fellow TU sprinters Leslie Romer and Coty Willis each enjoyed strong performances as well on Saturday. The duo took third and fourth place, respectively in the 60-meter sprint. Romer posted a time of 6.94 while Willis added a time of 7.02.
Taylor also got strong performances from its distance group led by senior Tanner Dye who claimed a victory in the 1,000-meters with a B standard time of 2:32.87. Junior Wes Noyes wasn't far behind, finishing third with a time of 2:36.26 while freshman Landry Long added a sixth place finish with a time of 2:44.61.
Sophomore Benjamin Byrd also collected a victory with a B standard time of 4:19.59 in the mile while junior Joseph Beamish run to a second place finish a B standard time of 8:42.42 in the 3,000-meters. Junior Jonathan Taylor also scored in the 3,000-meters with a sixth place finish.
The Trojans took three of the top seven spots in the 5,000-meters with sophomore Micah Bragg leading the way for TU with a fourth place finish with a time of 15:54.71. Stephen Cho finished one spot behind Bragg in fifth while freshman Hunter Smith added a seventh place finish.
Taylor finished the Crossroads League Invitational with 135.5 points while Indiana claimed the top spot with 157.5 and Marian edged Taylor for second with 141.5.
The invitational marked the conclusion of the indoor regular season for TU. Taylor will now prepare for the NAIA Indoor National Championships slated for March 2-4 in Johnson City, Tennessee.