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Scots tracksters aim for MWC gold

February 22, 2013

Whether or not the Scots men win their 13th indoor track and field conference title and the women their 11th straight seems to be a formality.

If coach Roger Haynes’s 31 indoor conference titles and a few national banners don’t make opponents’ knees shaky on the starting blocks, the fact that ten of the events at this Friday and Saturday’s MWC Indoor Track and Field Championships feature Scots as defending champions certainly might. In all, 17 events have the Scots favored; 12 for the men and five for the women.

The women’s side of the action will be anchored by thriving field events. Allie Devor has been a picture of dominance from the pit holding the nation’s best mark and a Monmouth record of 60’1-1/4”. Devor also held the all-time Scots throw in the shot put until teammate Raven Robinson bested it earlier this year.

The foursome of Devor, Robinson, Kayla Corzine and Erin Maul will be favored to take the top four spots in shot and weight throw. Devor is the two time defending champ in both events. If you’re a fan of women’s throwing events, the Scots promise to entertain.

Elsewhere, Emily Tysma is a defending high jump champ who tied M Club Hall of Famer Linda Schmidt’s 20-year-old Monmouth record last weekend at Wartburg. However coming into this weekend she’s humbled and focused.

“The jumping events are very routine, so we try to make them as consistent as possible. My routine is based on what Coach Haynes has taught me,” said Tysma. “There are a lot of great jumpers I will be competing against on Saturday, so it’ll be a fun competition.”

This weekend will also see Rachel Bowden take the final lap of an illustrious indoor career in which she holds the Monmouth’s top six times in the 800m. However, Bowden has never captured conference gold. She also looks to defend her title in the mile where she’s also a record holder.

Both races will be highly competitive, but a pair of titles are within the realm of possibility. Regardless of this weekend’s outcome, Bowden has already established herself as arguably the best female mid-distance runner in Scots history.

The men’s side has a plethora of athletes prepared to battle for conference gold: Jake Barr in the 3000m and 5000m, James Wilson in the long jump and the quartet of Wilson, Raimius Foulkes, Garrett Daniel and Kiante Green in the 400m-relay.

Wilson’s PR in the long jump is a full foot further than the next best conference jumper. After breaking the 60m record and posting a blistering 21.92 in the 200m in February’s Fighting Scots Invitational, Green has momentum on his side.

The men’s throwers are not to be undervalued either. Jake Nysather is favored to win the 35-pound weight throw, but to do so, he will have to get past teammate DeAndre Smith, who won the event, as well as the shot put last year. After throwing a conference best at Wartburg last week Smith picked up the final men’s field MWC Performer of the Week Award of the season.

Events begin February 22 at 3 p.m. in the Huff Athletic Center and continue at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The meet can be found streaming online at midwestconference.org.

Cameron Line
Contributing Writer

Kimarri Campbell / The Courier - At last weekend's Wartburg Invite MC men's and women's track & field garnered finishes of 3rd and 2nd, respectively.

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