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Distance track returns for first time since 1973

This spring, Lake Forest College is sponsoring a men’s varsity distance track program for the first time since 1973 and a women’s team for the first time in school history.

Yaneli Guajardo ’21 became the first event winner in Lake Forest College women’s track history at the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge at Olivet Nazarene University on January 20.

Guajardo won the 800-meter run in 2:28.52, which was more than 1.3 seconds faster than the runner-up from NCAA Division II Lewis University. She also placed ninth at the meet in the mile run with a time of 5:39.75.

“To have track be a part of Lake Forest again is an honor for our whole team,” Guajardo said. “I’ve never been a part of building a program from the ground up. Though we’ve just started, it’s been amazing. Track is a sport that brings excitement and school spirit to anyone who comes to see, so I’m excited for Lake Forest to be a part of it.”

The highest finish in an individual event for the Forester men came from Christian Aldana ’19, who was fourth in the 3,000-meter run in 9:09.23.

“To have a distance track team means that I have the opportunity to compete at a new level,” Aldana said. “The disappointment I’ve felt from my cross-country career can now be made up as I find myself on the track again—and not just in an 8K.”

There are 17 men and 21 women on the new team roster. The Foresters are a distance-only track team, which means that they only compete in events of at least 400 meters.

— By Sophie Mucciaccio ’18