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Track team runs into final stretch

February 17, 2012

Noel Keyes/ The Courier - Junior Dan Reid clocked 4:52.17 in his mile run at the Fighting Scots Invite. The team travels to the Wartburg Invitational this weekend for their last meet before the conference meet at Illinois College.

The Monmouth College Track and Field team broke a school record while many team members clocked out career bests at the meet at the Fighting Scots Invitational.

The Invitational was held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Monmouth. The Scots had a successful race against their competitors for the weekend meet.

Throwers Allison Devor, Kayla Corzine, Raven Robinson and Amanda Streeter had a successful day in the shotput placing third through sixth in that event. Devor unleashed a heave of 45-3 3/4 to clip Corzine’s lifetime best mark of 43-3 for third. Corzine’s heave ranks her 10th nationally. Devor followed with a runner-up finish in the weight throw with an effort of 56-2, just over 3 inches behind the Division I winner. Robinson was fifth in the event with a career-best throw of 53 feet”.

Junior Rachel Bowden crossed the finish line with a first place win in the 800-meter run. She beat her competitor with a lean finishing 2:19.67 to win by nine-hundredths of a second.

“I feel like the season is progressing really successfully for my team and myself,” said Bowden. “With conference coming up, everyone is getting prepared in every way we can to be successful. I feel like we will have a great ending of indoor season to transition into our outdoor season.”

High jumper Emily Tysma took third in her event. The sophomore cleared 5-4 1/4.

Mackinsey Marquith and Bailey Jackson battled in the triple jump competition. Marquith took fourth with a leap of 17-5 1/2, just over two inches farther than Jackson. Jackson placed third in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 36-5.

Kenzie Payton’s lifetime-best 8.17 in the 60-meter dash placed her sixth, four-hundredths ahead of teammate Kimarri Campbell in seventh.

The 4×200 women’s relay team also took a first place finishing in 4:07.88. The team consists of Alexa Allen, Payton, Jackson and Kaci Lierman.

The women’s team has been nationally ranked throughout the season but slipped two spots this week from 10th to 12th with just over 50 ranking points, a little more than 10 points out of the top 10. The Fighting Scots maintained their solid grip in the Midwest Region rankings where they stayed put at No. 5.

Steven Andris cleared a personal-best and conference-leading 14-6 in pole vault winning the event.

Both the men’s 4×200 and 4×400 relays took down their competition. The 4×200 relay consists of Kiante Green, Eric Brown, Shane Reschke and Karston Anderson finishing with a conference best of 1:29.94. Raimius Foulkes joined Green, Reschke and Brown to break the tape in the 4×400, running a 3:24.11.

Green earned the Track Performer of the Week honor after he picked up two second place finishes with two conference-best marks that included a school record and another career-mark. The sprinter set the new team record in the 60-meter dash where he clocked in at 7 seconds to finish just three-hundredths behind the winner. He also ran a lifetime-best 22.25 for a run­ner up finish in the 200. Green also ran legs on two winning relays. The 4×200 team broke the tape in a conference-leading 1:29.94 and the 4×400 clocked a 3:24.11.

Jake Barr, Paul Davies and Jon Welty finished in the top eight of the 3k. Barr took second with a 9:01.01 while Davies was fifth in 9:09.55 and Welty was three seconds back in sixth.

“As far as the teams progression I feel that we have a lot of talent,” said Welty. “We also have a very young squad and many of them are starting to step up just in time for the Midwest indoor conference meet.”

The Scots will travel to the Wartburg Invitational Saturday, Feb. 18, in the final meet before next weekend’s Midwest Conference Championships at Illinois College.

Kelsey Beshears and Eric Munoz
Sports Editor and Contributing Writer

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