MC tracksters capture conference gold
March 1, 2013
Lakesha Howard / The Courier - Morgan Ryan fell fourth in the 60m hurdles, but earned the Scots a first place finish in the women’s pole vault event.
How impressive is winning 12 conference titles in a row? A bit more impressive than winning 11 in a row.
Monmouth College track and field is in such a stratosphere that any comparisons to their string of success in the MWC would be bereft, especially after a team title defense for both the men and women in last week’s Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Hosted in Monmouth’s own Huff Athletic Center, 18 individual events were won by the home team. Few had more success than Kiante Green, who sprinted his way to three conference titles by smashing the MWC record in the 60m with a 6.89 second effort, before taking the lead leg of the 4×200.
Most dramatic was Green’s photo finish over MC’s James Wilson in the 200m finals. The duo battled down the final straightaway before Green nudged out a one hundredth of a second victory at 22.12 seconds.
Wilson went on to capture three conference titles of his own, including the 400m, as a member of the 4x200m relay team and later an MC record long jump. His mark of 24’3” propelled him to the fourth spot in the nation and in the driver’s seat to qualify for nationals.
Jake Barr also left as a triple champion. The senior broke the MC and conference 5K record with a 14:56.11, won the 3K at 8:41.56 and started off a victorious distance medley team.
The women’s side proved to be equally successful, particularly in the field events. MC women’s throwers continued their unchecked authority in the pit by taking the top three spots in both the weight throw and shot put.
Allie Devor broke the shot put record by six inches at 46’4” and the weight throw record for the second consecutive week with a 62’2-1/2” mark. This weekend’s performance solidified her national rankings: first in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put. Devor can now hang two medals on the mantle alongside conference titles in these events from the past two seasons.
MC Hall of Fame runners Constance Jackson and Charles Burton had been the only Scots in Indoor Track and Field to ever three-peat conference titles in two separate events; Devor now joins their company.
Defending high jump champ Emily Tysma came away with a third place finish after missing three times at 1.65m; nonetheless, her national ranking of second looks invulnerable after clearing 1.73 at Wartburg last week.
Meanwhile Morgan Ryan pole vaulted herself onto the podium for the second year running when she made her final attempt at 3.37m.
Lacey Hainline and Bailey Jackson seemed to never leave the field house floor last weekend. Hainline appeared in four events and Jackson a grueling six, while the pair were teammates in two relays. While Hainline only captured gold in two events and Jackson one, the pair’s value for the Scots is quietly deafening.
They placed in the top five in every event in which they appeared, making it to the podium in six of seven events. Team points amassed by Jackson and Hainline alone would have put them in sixth place in the team standings, ahead of five other MWC schools.
After the weekend’s dominating performance, many of MC’s finest are in position to qualify for nationals; however, this weekend’s “last chance” qualifiers will produce the final list of those advancing.
Currently five individuals are in strong position; Tysma, Devor, Wilson, Green, and Raven Robinson, while more sit on the bubble, including Kayla Corzine in the shot put, Bailey Jackson in the long jump, Kyle Mengarelli in the triple jump, and James Wilson in the 400m.