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MC track sets program record at Nationals

March 22, 2013

Joe Florio / The Courier - MC throws coach Brian Woodard named Assistant Women's Coach for the Year last week by the USTFCCCA.

As the Monmouth College Track and Field team is in the early stages of their outdoor season, they are still reveling in a women’s fifth place and men’s sixth place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships two weekends ago.

One national champion and six All-American performances built the Scots’ finest finish at the national meet in the program’s history.

Sophomore James Wilson became the national Division III long jump champion after jumping 7.37, two decimeters shy of his personal best. Wilson entered the meet ranked fourth and held the lead after his third attempt. He then held his breath when number one ranked Isaac Vasquez of UW La Crosse stepped up for his final attempt but sighed deeply when Vazquez came up .02 short, officially putting the gold around Wilson’s neck.

The last Scot to win a national title was Tyler Hannam in the high jump in the outdoor season. As if it were a mere footnote, Wilson was also an All-American on a 4x400m team and 400m individually.

The women’s throwers threw themselves on to the podium with Allie Devor taking second in the weight throw and Raven Robinson third in the shot put. Robinson shattered the school record in the shot with a throw of 14.48m that was a foot and a half longer than her previous best effort. Also, Devor placed seventh with a PR of 4.12m.

Devor and Robinson traded the all-time school shot put record three times this season. Both were contenders in the weight throw which saw number one contender Devor throw an impressive 18.51, but was stunned by Samantha Loew of UW-Oshkosh who threw over two feet above her seeded throw. Devor finished second, Robinson ninth with a throw of 16.89.

The unprecedented success of teammates achieving this level in a mirroring set of events gave the overall Monmouth women’s team 16 of their 24 points and earned throw coach Brian Woodard honors as United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s National Assistant Women’s Coach of the Year.

Emily Tysma made good on her second national ranking in the high jump by earning runner up in the event. Her final jump was one decimeter short of her best effort; the same height made by champion, Ripon sophomore Jenna Breaker. However Breaker was crowned since she made the jump in one attempt, while Tysma took three.

Tysma and Devor’s finishes made the two highest placings ever achieved by a Monmouth woman at the national meet, along with Constance Jackson, who took second in the 2001 outdoor 200m.

The outdoor season will commence March 29 in St. Louis at the Washington University Invitational.

Cameron Line
Contributing Writer

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