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Record Day for IPFW at the Mastodon Invitational

February 2, 2014


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Junior Kayla Zink and freshman Brittany Beard set two school records to headline an impressive outing for the IPFW track and field team at the Mastodon Invitational on Saturday.

Zink kicked off the meet by breaking her own record in the weight throw with a toss of 16.87m, earning her a second place finish in the event. In addition to establishing the new school standard, her mark also ranks third in the Summit League this season.

Three other Mastodons joined Zink in the top-6 in the weight throw. Kaeleigh Porter grabbed third place with a throw of 15.75m while Lizzy Frazze and Shalyn Renfrow turned in career-best efforts to earn fifth and sixth place. Frazze hit a mark of 12.82m while Renfrow hit 12.71m.

Zink continued her outstanding day by capturing gold in the shot put. The Fort Wayne native had a toss of 12.97m, which currently ranks seventh in the conference. Porter and Frazze landed in the top five as well with heaves of 10.71m and 9.91m.

Meanwhile on the track, Beard's record shattering performance in the 800 meter run was good enough to take home the top spot in the event. Her time of 2:18.97 topped teammate Julie Jeszenszky's previous all-time program mark by just over a second and is the seventh fastest time in the Summit League this season.

In the 5000 meter run, Jeszenszky grabbed the event win with a season-best time for the Mastodons, crossing the finish line in 19:00.44.

Leading the way for IPFW in the mile run were Kayla Boyes and Andrea Bell, who captured fourth and fifth place, respectively. Boyes finished in 5:26.19 while Bell was close behind in 5:29.35. The event also saw several career-best performances by the 'Dons. Rachel Zachar clocked in at 5:31.89 to earn seventh and Karson Rowe turned in a 5:39.62 to place ninth.

Tori Nida nearly won her heat in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:02.34, which is a career-best and the tenth-best time in school history, but was edged out in the race by .06 seconds. Nida ended up finishing seventh in the event, followed by Kaylin Taylor in 1:03.11 and Emily Craig in 1:05.75.

The 'Dons wrapped up the meet with a program top-ten time in the 4x400 meter relay. Kaylin Taylor, Alexis Wygant, Tori Nida, and Brittany Beard finished in 4:12.26 to place fourth.

The Mastodons are back in action on Friday, February 7 at the Akron Open in Akron, Ohio.

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