ASHLAND, Ohio - The Michigan Tech track and field teams are off to a strong start at the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships in Ashland, Ohio. Both teams have 11 points, with the women in eighth place and the men tied for ninth.
"We are off to a strong start," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Our multis crew did a good job, and Mel (Hoffman) had a great throw in the javelin. We had a number of people advance to the finals which is great to see against such strong competition in the GLIAC."
Melanie Hoffman has scored all 11 points for the women's team. She scored three meet points with a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon with 4,327 event points, breaking her own school record by nearly 300 points. She started the two day competition with a personal best in three of the first four events, the 100 hurdles (16.16 seconds, 695 points), the high jump (4-10 1/4, 599) and the 200 (26.51, 753 points). Her 200 time was the sixth-fastest in school history. She threw the javelin 103-11 (508 points), the fourth-best mark in school history.
She continued her banner day less than two hours later in the javelin. She threw a school-record 119-2 to finish second and earn the team eight points.
In the men's decathlon, Nate Saliga broke his school record with a provisional qualifying performance of 6,424 points to finish third. He jumped a personal-best 6-1/2 (661) in the high jump and won the 400 with the third-fastest time in school history (48.85, 868 points).
Pat Spalding finished third with a personal-best 6,108 points. He jumped a personal-best 19-9 3/4 (595 points) in the long jump. He won the discus with a throw of 123-10 (619 points) and followed up with a personal-best jump of 14-5.25 (731 points) in the pole vault. He threw a personal best of 129-5 in the javelin.
Brent Cousino finished eighth with 5,347 points. He long-jumped 19-5 1/4 (569 points) and threw the javelin 131-11 (445 points).
Quinn Parnell advanced to the final of both the 100 and 200. He ran a personal best and a provisional qualifying time of 10.58 in the 100 and a time of 21.66 in the 200.
Parnell anchored the 4x100 relay of Jevon Maddox, Sam McKay and Nate Hood to a time of 42.18. The time was .01 seconds off the school record, but the team will get another chance in the final on Friday.
Jonathan Kilpela just missed All-GLIAC honors finishing ninth in the 10,000. His time of 31:48.72 was the fourth fastest in school history.
Bradon Kampstra also just missed All-GLIAC accolades finishing 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:54.29.
Dylan Anderson and Jani Lane finished 10th (1:54.96) and 11th (1:55.04) in the prelims of the 800.
The GLIAC Championships conclude today in Ashland.