The Buena Vista University men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed in the Buena Vista Open meet on Saturday at the Lamberti Recreation Center to begin the 2006 season.
Buena Vista's depth and talent proved to be the deciding factor as BVU claimed both team titles while competing against seven other squads.
The women compiled a total of 161.5 points with second place Morningside College at 109.5 points. Buena Vista had several champions with Karyn Forke crossing the wire first in the 55 meter dash (7.64), KeAnna Martin in the 200 (26.94), Missy Reinhart in the 400 meter dash (63:04), and Natalie Olorundami in the 55 meter hurdles (8.79). Forke also placed second in the 200 meter dash and 55 meter hurdles.
The 4 x 200 (1:48.98), 4 x 400 (4:16.14), and 4 x 800 (11:20.87) meter relays all took first as well. In the distance events, Mindy Williams and Courtney Jones went second and third in the 3,000 meter run.
The men racked up 186.5 points with Iowa Central Community College pulling into second with 153.5 points.
The Beavers dominated the sprint events. Darby Ursell crossed the finish line first in the 200 meter dash (23.02) and second in the 55 meter dash (6.67).
Buena Vista claimed the second through sixth places in the 55 meter and the first through fourth places in the 200 meters. Chad Hinrichs (51.66) and Brad Hughes (52.61) went one-two in the 400 meter dash and Josh Saba (4:32.91) was mile champion.
The men's relay teams (4x200 (1:32.92), 4x400 (3:30.71, and 4x800 (9:20 4.43)) followed in the women's footsteps, taking first in all three races. Eric Bertelson had a strong showing in the long jump, leaping to a second place finish (21-2).
"We had a really great meet today," said Buena Vista head coach Bret Carney. "Everyone did much better than expected for this time of the year."
The Beavers return to the track on February 4th to compete in the Hilltop Open in Mt. Vernon. Events are slated to begin at 11 a.m.