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Records shattered at Fighting Scots Invite

February 15, 2013

Justin Frye / The Courier - Senior DeAndre Smith placed first in the shot put event for the Scots.

Monmouth Track and Field is  peaking at just the right time. Last weekend’s Fighting Scots Invitational featured the breaking of four school records.

Kiante Green gave the highlight performance of the day, posting new school records in the 60m dash and the 200m dash, which led to another Midwest Conference Performer of the Week award. The junior sprinter clocked in at 6.89 seconds in the finals of the 60m to pick up the win, moving into sixth place nationally. He also ran a 21.92 to set the school record and place second in the 200m.

Another school record was eclipsed by the 4×200 squad of Green, James Wilson, Brian Sullivan and Myles Hendricks. The crew ran a time of 1:28.63 to break the school record by a one one-hundredth of a second.

Paul Davies and Garrett Daniel also turned in solid performances, recording personal bests. Davies won the mile race by a narrow margin with a personal record of 4:25.83. Daniel tallied a personal best with a 1:58.56 in the 800 to take fourth place in the finals. Senior Jake Barr also scored for the Scots, winning the 3K.

MC throwers and jumpers also had success at the meet. Senior DeAndre Smith took first in the shot put event with a throw of 50’9-1/4”, while Kyle Orwig took fourth with a throw of 45’5-1/4”. Smith also narrowly missed the podium in the weight throw. Senior Jake Nysather’s  mark of 52’0-1/2” was good enough for third place, while Smith’s  51’4-1/4” left him in fourth, respectively.

“We put in a solid effort throwing today,” said Smith. “We have to keep this up if we want to be successful for the indoor conference meet coming up.”

James Wilson led the Scots in the long jump, where he jumped a distance of 22’4-1/2.” Kyle Mengarelli was second in the event at 21’11” and Karston Anderson placed third with a mark of 21’8”. Mengarelli and Anderson then placed in the triple jump. Mengarelli’s mark of 45’11-1/4” not only earned him the victory but also Midwest Conference Performer of the Week honors. Anderson’s 44’2-3/4” effort placed him in third.

On the women’s side, the throwing duo of Allie Devor and Raven Robinson set school records of their own. Robinson launched a school record shot put of 45’10-3/4” to move to fourth nationally, edging Devor’s second-place throw of 44’11”. Devor did end with a track record in the weight throw with a distance of 59’2.” That throw helped her move up to the fourth spot in the nation.

Lacy Hainline’s time of 8.04 seconds placed her fourth in the 60m dash, but was enough to put her name on top of the Monmouth record book for the event. Rachel Bowden ran a 5:13.71 to win the mile by seven seconds over her competition, then ran a 2:19.10 to take second in the 800, while teammate Kyra Kimber’s personal best time of 2:24.09 placed her sixth. Bowden’s combined performances earned her Midwest Conference Performer of the Week honors.

Not to be outdone, Monmouth jumpers also had success at last weekend’s event. Mackinsey Marquith and Bailey Jackson earned points for the Scots in the long jump. Marquith won the event with a jump of 17’3-3/4”, while Jackson placed third with an effort of 16’8-1/2”.

This Saturday MC track and field travels to Waverly, Iowa, for the Wartburg Invitational, before returning home to host the Midwest Conference Championships February 23 and 24.

Logan Bowman
Contributing Writer

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