Darby Bauer and Brandon Julot both registered a Top-5 finish in the throws at the Hopkins Loyola Invitational on Friday. Bauer had two more tosses over 40.00m in the event. He had a 41.07m throw in his second attempt for his then third-best throw in team history in the last two weeks. The junior then bested that throw and his second-best attempt (41.17m) from the Battlefield Relays on April 5 with a hurl of 41.57m on his third attempt for his best throw of the day to finish fourth overall and third among Division III competitors. He now has the Top-5 throws in the hammer in program history. Bauer also placed eighth in the discus and fifth among Division III athletes in the discus with a toss of 33.40m.
Julot finished third in the shot put with a chuck of 11.37m on his first attempt. The junior also tossed 11.19m and 11.24m on his fourth and fifth attempts, but his first try was his best throw on the afternoon in the shot put. Julot also placed right behind Bauer in the discus with a ninth-place standing and sixth-best finish among Division III athletes with a throw of 32.05m. He also finished 14th in the hammer with a throw of 25.02m.
If there were only NCAA Division III teams at the event, Mikayla Hinnant would have posted three Top-10 finishes. She finished 10th overall and sixth among Division III teams in the shot put with a throw of 9.68m. Hinnant had a personal-best chuck of 27.77m to finish 15th overall and eighth among Division III while she had her second-best throw in the discus to place 13th overall and ninth among Division III.
Devon Esslinger recorded two Top-10 finishes to pace Goucher College track and field at the Messiah Invitational on Saturday. Esslinger posted the fastest preliminary time in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.96, good for 10th on the program's all-time list. He then finished third in the event with a time of 16.34 and with his preliminary time he sits second fastest in the Landmark Conference. The sophomore then bested his own triple jump school record with a leap of 12.61m to place ninth.
Sydney Smith finished fourth in the long jump to pace the women's team with a jump of 4.95m. Her best mark was her first collegiate jump while she also finished 15th in the 100m (13.43). Anna Gallina was sixth in the 100m (12.94) and 12th in the 200m (27.64). Victoria Wheeler finished 13th in the 400m hurdles (1:26.30) and Jennifer Alves placed 18th in the 400m (1:10.36) while Charlotte Birnbaum was 38th in the 100m (15.87). Kai Miller, Miles (Mia) Taylor, Langston Henry and Esslinger placed seventh in the 4x100m relay (47.07) and 13th in the 4x400m relay (4:10.43). Henry also placed 21st in the 400m (58.53) and Taylor was 37th in the 100m (12.49).
The Gophers will have its final tuneup before the Landmark Conference Championships on Saturday at the Galludet University Invitational.