ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Senior Breanna Leslie headlined a number of top performers from Azusa Pacific Friday at the opening day of the GVSU Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State, breaking her own school-record in the pentathlon with 3,872 points. Leslie’s performance included a career-best in the high jump, and fellow pentathlete Megan VanWinkle also posted a career-high with a 3,719-point performance that included PRs in the high jump and shot put.
Leslie had the best finish in both of the track events, the 60-meter hurdles (8.65) and the 800 meters (2:19.13), as well as the high jump (5-feet, 6.5-inches), while VanWinkle was the top finisher in the pentathlon’s long jump (18-feet, 10-inches) and shot put (36-feet, 7-inches). She finished second to Leslie in the high jump, tying her personal-best of 5-feet, 5.25-inches on her third and final attempt at that height.
Azusa Pacific also has two competitors in the men’s heptathlon, which completed the first four of its seven events over the course of two days. Tomek Czerwinski currently sits in fourth place with a score of 2,647 points, while Justin Young compiled 2,502 points in the opening day of the heptathlon.
Sophomore sprinter Remontay McClain finished just one-hundredth of a second behind Eastern Illinois’ Calvin Edwards in the 200 meters. McClain posted a time of 21.53. Meanwhile, freshman Aaron Potts turned in a 4:15.22 in his first collegiate mile race.
Junior Diandra Carstensen ran the second-fastest 800 meters of her career, clocking a 2:14.13, and Sarah Higgens and Kristie Sikma both posted solid performances in the 5,000 meters. The tandem finished just under the NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying time of 17:35.
The Cougars continue action Saturday at the GVSU Big Meet for their final tuneup before heading off to Marion, Indiana, for next week’s National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor National Championships.