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Track runs through conference meet

March 2, 2012

While the women’s basketball team swept the floor at the Midwest Conference championship, the Fighting Scots track and field took home their 11th straight conference title as a whole. Monmouth’s men took home their 13th consecutive title while the women took home their 11th.

Allison Devor and DeAndre Smith were named the women’s and men’s Co-Field Performers of the meet after each swept the weight throw and shot put titles. Rachel Bowden and Kiante Greene earned the same distinction on the track while Roger Haynes was named the women’s Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in his career. In all, 15 Scots won their first Midwest Conference indoor individual and relay crowns.

Amanda Streeter qualified for the nationals with a personal best of 55-6 1/4  in the weight throw, the 14th best throw in the nation.

Junior Rachel Bowden clocked a school-record (5:05.74) in her mile run on Friday earning her first conference title. Bowden followed Friday’s effort with a school-record and runner-up finish in the 800 on Saturday, Feb. 25, clocking a 2:16.12 to break her own record by two seconds. Edwards was sixth with a personal record of 2:23.47. Bowden also ran to a third-place finish in the 3,000 Saturday afternoon. Tori Beaty and Brittney Frazier also clocked career-bests in the 3K to score in fifth and seventh.

Matt Hassler earned his first ever conference title, taking down his competition in high jump marking 6-5 1/2. Emily Tysma also took down her competition in the women’s high jump after clearing 5-4 1/4.

Monmouth had their first time men’s triple jump title with Kyle Mengarelli scoring a personal-best 45-3. Karston Anderson earned third place. James Wilson was also a first time title winner taking down his competition in high jump (22-3 3/4). 

The Scots also won the 200 dash was with Kiante Green for the men and Bailey Jackson on the women’s.

Sophomore Morgan Ryan finished up the individual awards by winning the pole vault by clearing 10-6.

The men’s 4×200 team of Wilson, Green, Brian Sullivan and Eric Brown won the title with a time of 1:29.04. Green, Wilson and Brown added Raimius Foulkes to the mix in the 4×400 relay. The four took the conference title with a 3:23.78.

The women’s 4×200 team consisting of Kaci Lierman, Allen, Payton and Jackson which broke the tape with a Monmouth honor roll time of 1:45.82

Jon Welty and Jake Barr clocked career times to score in the 3,000-meters. Welty’s 8:47.71 placed him second by less than five seconds off the pace and Barr’s 8:55.01 took fourth. Barr also ran a personal record in the 5k where he was second with a time of 15:23.04.

Haynes was impressed with his teams performances overall.

“At championship meets we hope to perform at a level where our solid performances allow us to score well in the meet,” said Haynes. “I think it is wrong to expect your absolute best. You should hope to be confident and prepared to do very well, and they did exactly that on both sides of the meet.”

His expectations for the meet were met by both teams.

“The expectations of the meet were met,” he said. “The women performed almost flawlessly with 8-9 performances on a scale of 10. There were many season bests and no real mistakes. The men’s meet was a bit different they had some adversity to overcome, mild injuries and some mistakes but they handled it all well and had a great Saturday of events.”

The Scots will compete this weekend for one last chance to qualify for next weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Entering the week, Monmouth’s women have four in contention in the shot put. Devor (6th), Raven Robinson (10th), Kayla Corzine (11th) and Streeter (16th) will try to make the 15-person field. Devor is third in the weight throw and Streeter is 14th. Tysma (19th) is currently just outside the field of 15 in the women’s high jump. Smith’s (20) current ranking also has him just outside the men’s field of 13 for the nationals.

Kelsey Beshears
Sports Editor

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