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MC track ready to run their way to conference title

February 25, 2011

The Monmouth College men and women’s indoor track team will gear up this week and prepare for the Midwest Conference Indoor Championships which will take place this Saturday, Feb. 25 -26 at Grinnel College.

The Scots will be led by head coach Roger Haynes as he will try to put another championship under his belt.

The Scots will look to beat a very balanced conference that contains a lot of good teams. St. Norbert, Carroll, and Illinois College have been more challenging in the past and the Scots will try to beat them out.

According to a press release by Dan Nolan, “The Fighting Scots men have won an unprecedented 11 straight league titles and the women have brought home nine consecutive crowns. Both squads return just two defending champions each, but have a plethora of athletes who have turned in some of the league’s best performances.”

Coach Haynes also describes the difficultly of the conference meet and how it is hard to transition from day 1 to day 2 in the conference meet.

“The conference meet is a different thing,” he said. “It’s a good thing to put good performances together before the meet, but you’ve got to turn in good performances within a 24-hour period. Coming back the second day and running well without any mistakes is tough.”

Both the women’s and the men’s team have a good number of people who have placed themselves near the top of the rankings list.

The men which will look to capture their 12th straight indoor conference title will be lead by Jon Welty and Geoff Bird for long distance, Saidu Sesay for  sprints, Peyton Lumzy and Sam Cokinos for the throws, Tyler Hannam and Nick Bynom for the high jump, Brock McNally for the pole vault, and Mike Blodgett and Adam Sanden for the long jump and the triple jump respectively.

The women will also look to capture their 10th straight conference title and will be lead by Mary Kate Beyer for the distance runs, Jae Moore for the sprint events, Allison Devor and Amanda Streeter for the throwing events, Whitney Didier for the pole vault, Emily Tysma for the high jump, Alexa Allen for the Hurdles, and Mackinsey Marquith for the long jump and triple jump.

Having a solid amount of people in field events helps the team have a more stable chance at conference.

“I like the fact that we’re strong in the field events,” said Haynes. “Those tend to be fairly consistent events, so you have an idea going in what to expect.”

After being very successful throughout the majority of the season with the placing either 1st or 2nd in majority of their invitational’s they participated in, the Scots hope to continue that success into this weekend’s championships.

“We have done a lot of good things in our early season meets, it’s now time to put our best effort on the track” stated by Coach Haynes. “It’s time now to find out if the work we have done will pay off.”

BY KEN COLLINS
Contributing Writer

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