The Buena Vista men's track and field team continues to improve each time out, and on Saturday it registered 10 personal best marks while hosting the annual Dennis Young Classic.
Drew Beall and Chase Bonner each took the podium in the men's shot put with Beall second with a heave of 14.40 meters and Bonner taking third at 14.25 meters. Garrett Rohlk was also a top-3 finisher, taking runner-up honors in the weight throw with a toss of 15.99 meters. He still sits 31st in the nation while Beall is 39th in the shot put.
Alex Loerts ran his fastest time in the 800 by four seconds and placed ninth overall in a field of 20. He was just one second out of the top-five.
Blake Patten was solid yet again in the 1000m run, taking fifth overall in 2:48.62. Jeremiah Rice also posted his longest jump of the year in the long jump but just missed out on the podium with his fourth place finish at 6.24m. He, along with Sam McCain, also posted personl bests in the triple jump while taking sixth and seventh overall.
"The squad put together some very solid performances today, overall," said BVU head coach Colt Slack. "These men really clawed and fought through a tough week of training and that makes us coaches very happy. Chase Bonner was back from a long hiatus and looked like he never missed a step. Things were clicking for Jeremiah Rice in the jumps, and Alex Loerts had a massive PR in the 800. There were so many more gutsy performances, and I am just thrilled with the way we competed. It was nice to be home."
Buena Vista continues its schedule by taking part in the Dakota Wesleyan Open next Saturday (Feb. 3) at 10:00 a.m.