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Track reaches half way point of season

February 3, 2012

Noel Keyes/ The Courier - Junior Kyle Mengarelli runs down the long jump track, practicing for the upcoming meet this weekend to be held at Illinois College.

The indoor track season has started in a full sprint with three meets under their belt and an upcoming meet on the conference track this weekend.

The men’s and women’s teams have been working since they arrived back at school Jan. 3 for camp.

“Practice has been pretty solid,” said coach Roger Haynes. “Overall, they have worked fairly hard but always need to work harder to find out how good they really could be. I was pleasantly surprised the first two meets. Performances were a bit better than I expected. Many new athletes helped to improve the team.”

The first meet of the season was held at University of Dubuque where the women placed first out of nine teams, and the men placed second.

The team traveled to the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational last weekend resulting in a second place finish by both teams. The teams also set two school records.

Junior Rachel Bowden placed first in three events. She tied her own school record in the 800-meter, ranking her 16th in the nation.

Allison Devor won the shot put event by a foot throwing 43 feet 1 3/4 inches. Devor placed first in the weight throw (55-3) with teammate Amanda Stretter in second throwing 49-11.

Bailey Jackson took second in the triple jump with a jump of 34-7 3/4 which was a half inch away from first place. Teammate Mackinsey Marquith took third with a jump at 33-6 1/2. Marquith also took second in the long jump with an effort of 17-2 1/2, 3 1/2 inches short of first.

Andre Taylor clocked a personal-best and school record while placing fourth in the 60-meter dash. His 7.17 was one one-hundredth of a second out of third place.     

The Scots’ 4×400-meter relay team turned in the nation’s 10th-best time and took first place. Raimius Foulkes, Michel Massamba, Shane Reschke and Eric Brown clocked a meet-record 3:22.76 to win by 24-hundredths of a second.

Karston Anderson took first in both sand jumps, winning the triple jump with a mark of 43-4 1/2. His effort of 21-9 1/2 in the long jump was good for first by more than 8 inches.

The team travels to Illinois College  his weekend. They will return for the Midwest Conference indoor meet on Feb. 24-25.

“We are at the half way point of our season,” said Haynes. “We need to get improved performances from some of our top returning athletes, especially those who have scored at past Midwest Conference championship meets. We hope that being familiar with the setting will help us be more confident and relaxed at the conference meet.”

Kelsey Beshears
Sports Editor

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