Women's Track and Field Throws, Leaps and Runs Away with MIAA Indoor Championship

Women's track and field team poses together in blue shirts with MIAA championship trophy by Lenny Padilla

Mitchel Achien'g won three events and dominated in each one on Saturday.

The senior from Nairobi, Kenya (Kisumu School) helped the Hope College women's track and field team cruise to the MIAA Track & Field Indoor title on Saturday at Trine University.

The Flying Dutch won six events and finished with 198.83 points. Albion was a distant second with 123.33 points.

"I gave them a talk and said we were flat last year and didn't rise to the occasion," Hope coach Kevin Cole said. "But they did today and they performed well in almost every event."

Achien'g, pictured at left, won the triple jump, long jump and the 60-meter hurdles. 

In the triple jump, Achien'g set the MIAA record while repeating as league champ with a leap of 11.25 meters (36 feet, 11 inches). 

She set another MIAA record, as well as a school record, in the 60 hurdles with a blistering time of 9.02 seconds.

"In her hurdle races, she was so good," Cole said. "She crushed the conference and school record. She might qualify for nationals. We've never done that in hurdles before."

Achien'g finished third in the long jump last year, but she cruised to the win on Saturday with a leap of 5.35 meters (17‑6 ¾).

"She was happy with that," Cole said. "It was an easy victory, too. She jumped once and passed on the others so she could save her legs for the other events."

Despite her successes, a third-place finish in the 60 meter run frustrated her.

"She expects a lot of herself," Cole said. "She didn't have a lot of recovery time. I'd love to see what she could do running that on fresh legs."

Hope also won two other events. 

Addyson Gerig poses for a portrait Senior Addyson Gerig of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa), pictured at right, won high jump for the third straight year and in dominating fashion. She set the MIAA record with a leap of 1.62 meters (5 feet, 3 inches).

"She's finally healthy and stronger," Cole said of Gerig. "She had a great meet. In the high jump she reached her PR and then went beyond that. She was really excited about it. She's busy doing the triple and the hurdles finals, too. But the high jump means the most to her."

The Flying Dutch won the distance medley relay with a time of 12:55.03, which was 53 seconds faster than second-place Trine. The relay featured Sydney del Valle of Holland, Michigan (Black River), Lily Tripp of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Seaholm), Ellie Jankowski of Granger, Indiana (Penn) and Anna Frazee of Watervliet, Michigan (Home School).

Frazee, a senior, had a big meet. She also won the 3,000 meter run as Hope had a 1-2 finish. Frazee won with a time of 10:18.81 and teammate Ana Tucker, a freshman from Midland, Michigan (Dow) was second in 10:29.70.

"It was a great race," Cole said. "Anna was fresh and hadn't raced since the distance medley relay. We had the meet in hand by then, but it was great to see Anna win."

Three Flying Dutch were MIAA runner-ups in their events: Emma Johnson of Wentzville, Missouri (Timberland) in the pole vault at 2.90 meters (9-6 ¼), Jenna Breuker of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Eastern) in the shot put with a school-record toss of 12.26 meters (40-2 ¾) and Grace Behrens of Mishawaka, Indiana (Trinity School) in the 400 dash in 1:02.00.

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