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Men’s track and field ranked 18th in nation

February 4, 2011

The men’s track and field team found itself ranked in the nation’s top 20 division III teams last week according to The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Although they are sitting behind powerhouses like University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and North Central College, coach Roger Haynes and his men do not feel like easing off the throttle anytime soon.

The USTFCCCA uses a formula to determine how teams would perform in a national title race and awards points accordingly. The men are ranked 18th, but are only seven points out of 15th, and 15 points out of the top 10.

“Regardless of how far we are from 15th or 1st, we always want to go ahead and improve on a consistent and weekly basis,” said senior Saidu Sesay, who most recently helped his team clock the Midwest Conference’s fastest 4×200 relay time of 1:30.89 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. “I felt that it was a good measuring stick to where we are as a team currently in the indoor season. We had great performances from people on the team, and the competition was great, as it always is.”

Sesay was also nominated the MWC performer of the week. The Monmouth men’s indoor track team has won the Midwest Conference Championship 11 straight years since 2000. They have also tallied up 179 individual and relay conference titles.

Senior Tyler Hannam has already qualified for Nationals in the high jump, clearing 6’10 3/4” at the Midwest Invitational. Senior Peyton Lumzy won his last two events, the weight throw at 54’ 4 3/4” which he won by more than three feet, and the shot put with a 49’3/4” toss. Freshman Kiante Green picked up first place for the men in the 200 meter dash, clocking in at 22.61.

“We just hope that we can continue to have more people record personal bests’ after each meet leading up to conference,” said Sesay. “Then when conference comes around, we can put all the pieces together to win another conference championship.”

The men’s next meet will be the Keck Invitational in Bloomington, Ill.

Contributing Writer

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