by Alan Babbitt
Three indoor Hope College men's track & field records fell on Saturday at the University of Chicago's Windy City Invitational.
Senior Ben Turner of Albion, Michigan (Olivet) bettered his own school record in the pole vault. Senior Justin Freeman of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) improved his previous best in the 60 meters. Junior Josh Izenbart of Glenwood, Illinois (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) passed his old mark in the heptathlon.
The Flying Dutchmen finished third out of 12 teams with 82.5 points.
In the pole vault, Turner cleared 4.41 meters (14 feet, 5 1/2 inches). He passed his own record by 0.11 meters and four inches.
Freeman won the 60 meters by clocking 6.92 meters during preliminaries and 6.91 seconds during the final. His previous mark was 6.93.
Izenbart placed third in the heptathlon with a total of 4,371 points. He surpassed his previous best of 4,305 points.
Izenbart also won the high jump by clearing 1.97 meters (14-5 ½).
Sophomore Ethan Larson of Glen Ellyn, Illinois (Glenbard West) took third in the high jump at 1.92 meters (6-3 ½), while junior Brandon Maurice of Howell, New Jersey (Howell) was sixth at 1.87 meters (6-1 ½).
Sophomore Noah Russo of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 13.12 meters (43-0 ½).
Junior Brenden Jones came in fifth in the 800 meters by posting a run of 2:00.13.
Freshman Cameron Carpenter of Glencoe, Missouri (Lafayette) finished fifth in the 5,000 meters with a tie of 17:54.14.
Junior Matthew VanHeest of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grandville) placed fifth in the weight room with a heave of 11.99 meters (39-4). Freshman Tucker Babb of Caledonia, MIchigan (Caledonia) was sixth at 11.66 (38-3 ¼).
Junior Korey Derr of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Northville) came in fifth in the 60 meters with a run of 7.04 seconds.
Hope's 4x400 relay of sophomore Terrell Solberg of Traverse City, Michigan (Central), jones, freshman Drew Dow of Bridgman, Michigan (Bridgman), and senior Collin Thomas of Novi, Michigan (Novi) recorded a fifth-place run of 3:32.71.
Junior Adam Howard of Jacksonville, Illinois (Routt Catholic) placed sixth in the 200 meters with a run of 23.96.
Sophomore Barry Bait of Granville, Ohio (Granville) took sixth in the pole vault at 3.81 meters (12-6).
Larson was seventh in the long jump at 6.18 meters (20-3 ½).
The Flying Dutchmen's next meet is Friday, February 15 at the Grand Valley State University Tune-Up.