Fighting Scots among nation’s best
February 8, 2013
Kimarri Campbell / The Courier - The men's track team is currently ranked ninth in the Division III nation, with the women coming in at 23rd.
Having already garnered a top ten national ranking, Monmouth track and field teams gained even more national attention at the Keck Invitational in Bloomington last weekend.
Teams across all National College Athletic Association divisions were in attendance.
On the women’s side, the Scots entered the invitational ranked ninth in the USTFCCCA rankings. The team was highlighted by senior thrower Allie Devor and her performance with the weight throw.
As last week’s Midwest Conference Performer of the Week, she placed second with an effort of 57’ 4-3/4.” Devor was pleased her team finally gained national recognition.
“It always feels awesome to be recognized for all the work we are putting in at practice,” Devor said. “We have a lot of talent on the team, and when everyone puts their heart in it, we make big things happen. It also puts the pressure on us to maintain this level of competition.”
Devor’s performance Saturday placed her second nationally, respectively.
The Scots women also fared well in the long and short distance running events. Rachel Bowden took home second place in the 3,000 meters while Tori Beaty put up a personal best time of 18:21.85 to place fourth in the 5k race. In the mile, Bowden placed fifth with a time of 5:18.14 and Marlee Lane put up a personal best time of 5:23.30 to place ninth.
Morgan Ryan finished fourth with a near personal best time of 9.82 in the woman’s hurdles. The women’s jumpers also placed in their events. In the long jump, Mackinsey Marquith leaped into third place with a distance of 16’ 10-1/2.” Emily Tysma also performed well with a high jump of 5’3” to take third in the event.
The men’s team also had its fair share of success in Bloomington. Kiante Green rose up to number 18 nationally and tied his own school record in the 60 meter dash. Green posted a time of 6.98 to capture first at the event.
Raimmius Foulkes and James Wilson also performed well after taking two more wins for the Fighting Scots. Foulkes and Wilson battled in the 400 meter dash, but Foulkes emerged on top with a time of 50.40. Wilson placed third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.06, but he took home the victory in the long jump with a distance of 23’1-3/4.”
Jake Barr was five seconds shy of a school record with his win in the 5,000 meter distance race with a time of 15:13.72. The 4×400 relay team took home the final victory of the event for the Scots. The team of Green, Foulkes, Wilson and Garrett Daniels clocked in at 3:22.94, torching the rest of the field.
The men’s jumpers also did well with two Scots placing high in the triple jump. Kyle Mengarelli’s leap of 44’ 5-1/2” helped him take second in the event while teammate Karston Anderson placed two spots behind at forth with a jump of 44’1/2.”
Looking into the future, Coach Roger Haynes has high expectations for his teams.
“We always hope to be our best at the MWC and NCAA championship meets,” said Haynes. “It is my hope that our athletes will convert more of what they are learning in practice to the competitions on Saturday.”
Both teams will host the Fighting Scot Invitational Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Huff Athletic Center.