MARION, Ind. – The Taylor women's track and field team scored 162 points en route to a second place finish at the first-ever indoor track and field Crossroads League Invitational on Saturday.
Taylor distance runners took center stage during Saturday's action with sophomore Rachel Blagg leading the way with a career-best time of 2:59.37 en route to a victory in the 1,000-meters. Blagg hit the NAIA A standard and narrowly missed the school record in the win.
Margie Crosby and Naomi Noyes also racked up the points for Taylor as the duo took the top two spots, respectively, in the 800-meters. Crosby crossed the finish line first with a time of 2:19.54 with Noyes following close behind at 2:22.52. Anna Souzis added a seventh place finish with a time of 2:24.72.
Sophomore Mae Elizabeth Gimre continued the stellar performances from the TU distance group with a second place finish in the mile with a time of 5:16.58. Fellow sophomore Michelle Franch added a fifth place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 19:17.83.
Wood also finished third in the 400-meters with a time of 1:00.21 and notched a second place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 10.58 meters.
Not to be outdone by the distance runners, Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh sprinted to a school record in the 60-meter hurdles as the sophomore ripped off a time of 8.82 en route to a victory in the event.
Taylor also fared well in the field events with Brianna Jordahl claiming second place in the shot put with a new career-best mark of 11.80 meters. Junior Tori Gaesser added a third place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.47 meters.
The Trojans tallied a total of 162 points to finish in second place behind Indiana Wesleyan (181) while Marian and Spring Arbor tied for third with 113 points.
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.