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Lumzy and Devor qualify for provisional national cut

January 28, 2011

Athletes heading into their first game, meet or match of the season often go into competition to either get back into rhythm or use the experience to fix their mistakes. However, for Monmouth throwers Peyton Lumzy and Allison Devor, they came out with big statements and were named the men’s and women’s indoor track and field Midwest Conference Field Events Performers of the Week after both qualified for the provisional national cut in just their first meet of the season.

“I’m really happy about getting the Performer of the Week honor. It was a great way to begin the indoor season and has definitely set the tone for these next few weeks leading up to conference,” stated Devor.

Lumzy, an environmental science major is a senior from Dixon, Ill., and knows this season is his last season to prove to everyone and to leave his footprint at Monmouth College for his hard work in the past four years. At the Knox Invitational Lumzy recorded a provisional qualifying mark and won both his throwing events. His weight throw of 55’9-3/4 won the event by more than three and a half feet and placed him 12th in the nation respectively for the event.

Devor, a physical education major, recorded two personal-best throws and a provisional national qualifying mark  in the shot put. She earned a PR and a third place finish in the weight throw at the Knox Invitational. When asked if she would change anything about the way she has been training since getting her first qualifying mark Devor said, “Coach Woodard is really great at preparing athletes for the important meets at the end of the season, like conference. Once we get closer to that time we’ll start to taper so we can be fresh for the meet and hopefully throw some really great PR’s.”

At the Midwest Indoor Track and Field Invitational hosted at Monmouth on Jan. 22, Devor recorded another provisional qualifying mark, but this time it was the weight throw. Devor has now earned, in only the second meet of the season, provisional qualifying marks in both the shot put and the weight throw. Both throwers as well as the rest of the team will now prepare for the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational on Jan. 29, which will be held in Terre Haute, Indiana.

BY KEN COLLINS
Contributing Writer

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