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MC Track plans for successful upcoming season

January 21, 2011

The Monmouth College men’s and women’s indoor track teams certainly have high expectations to live up to. Coach Haynes, who has led Monmouth to 38 out of a possible 40 conference titles in the past 20 years, feels like he can once again take the charge for more titles in 2011.

“It’s much like cooking a good meal. It takes more than the basic entree to make a complex meal. We have some new kids that are excited about track and want to be coached. We already have a strong bunch of returners and that combination has been fun for the coaches. Environment goes a long way toward success and we’ve had a good environment so far,” said Haynes.

Returning this season are 2010 national outdoor high jump champion Tyler Hannam, who is ready to defend his title, and 14 other athletes who have accounted for 26 league titles in 18 events.

Senior Nick Byom returns to defend his indoor high jump conference title hoping to give Monmouth a 1-2 punch in high jump.

For the men’s pole vault senior Brock McNally looks to lead the way looking for another stellar season.

In the throwing events, senior Peyton Lumzy aims to defend his league shot put title and will have senior Sam Cokinos to also help out in the shot put.

Seniors, Mike Blodgett and Nick Law add more depth for the team in the long and triple jumps.

On the track seniors, Saidu Sesay and Logan Hohl, who have accumulated four hurdle titles, hope to repeat from last year’s success.

They will be joined by freshmen Karston Anderson, Eric Brown, Garret Daniel, Kiante Green as well as Adam Sanden.

On the women’s team, Mary Kate Beyer will come out gunning as she is coming off a First All-American season in cross country as she will look to lead the distance events.

Rachel Bowden and Aron Jackson will give Monmouth depth and experience as they both look to continue their success in mid-distance events.

Senior Whitney Didier is ready to defend her conference title from last year as she gears up for another great season.

Freshman Morgan Ryan will give more strength in the pole vault events.

Heather Hull will look to train hard to give it one more shot to capture her high jump title as Emily Tysma will  also give depth.

Amanda Streeter is back to defend her back-to-back title throws as Allison Devor and Maureen Dewan will both add depth in the shot put events.

The women’s triple and long jump events will be led by sophomore’s Chelsey Widdop and Mackinsey Marquith as both girls will give the Scots a great chance and a very solid group in the jump events.

With a lot of experienced and successful veterans returning with the addition of potential newcomers to the men’s and women’s indoor track teams, the Scots expect big things from this season. The Scots have already participated in one meet this season on Saturday Jan. 15, at the Knox Invitational.

The Scots will host their invitational meet on Saturday Jan. 22, in the Huff Athletic Field House.

BY KEN COLLINS
Contributing Writer

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