By Jordan Childress
For the Mountain Advocate
The Union College men’s and women’s track & field teams opened their 2015 indoor season on Friday, taking part in the Cedarville Collegiate Invitational held on the campus of Cedarville (Ohio) University.
The Bulldog women placed sixth out of seven teams while the Bulldog men placed sixth out of eight teams.
The women set four new school records in track events. Mykelle Andrews (FR/Louisville, Ky.) finished second in the 55-meter dash with a school record time of (7.56). In the 5,000-meter run, Miranda Epperson-Evans (SO/Harlan, Ky.) set a school record with an 11th place finish (25:35.83).
The Union women set two more school records in relay events. The team of Katie Herdman (FR/New Carlisle, Ohio), Erika Rogers (FR/Kettering, Ohio), Jessica Shepherd (JR/Somerset, Ky. ) and Andrews set a school record in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:28.56. In the 4×200 meter relay, the team of Caylin Mattox (FR/Cynthiana, Ky.), Andrews, Rogers and Shepherd broke another record with a time of 1:52.84.
In field events, Herdman tied for fifth in the long jump (15 feet, 5 inches). Kayse Cornett (JR/Corbin, Ky.) placed 10th in the weight throw with a throw of 34 feet. In track events, Mattox placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.51. Rogers finished eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 66.66.
For the Bulldog men, Matt Francis (SR/Royalton, Ky.) and Josh Adams (FR/Barbourville, Ky.) led the way in field events. Francis placed fourth in the shot put (42 feet, 5.25 inches) and sixth in weight throw (40 feet, six inches). Adams placed third in the triple jump (40 feet, 5.50 inches) and sixth in the long jump (19 feet, 5.50 inches).
In track events, the men were led by Ricky Claytor (FR/Huntsville, Ala,), who finished the highest on the day for the men in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.64. Collin Wesco (FR/Huntington, Ind.) finished 11th in the 5,000-meter run (17:09.91) while Scott Mew (FR/Brisbane, Queensland, Australi) finished 12th in the 400-meter dash (55.47).
The Union indoor track & field teams return to action on Feb. 7 when they return to Anderson, Ind. for the Anderson University Indoor Invitational.