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Track flexes muscle at WIU Invitational

April 19, 2013

These days it seems Roger Haynes’ and track and field squad is never short on ways to hurt opponents. Case in point, this past weekend they made their annual trip down US-34 to Western Illinois University’s Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, recording top ten finishes in both men’s and women’s competition. The women’s squad finished 3rd, while the men posted a 10th place finish. Among Division 1 competitors such as Iowa, Illinois and Marquette, MC more than held their own.

Senior Jake Barr led the way in Macomb, placing 4th in the 3000m behind a trio of Illini, while setting a new all-time Monmouth record. Barr maneuvered the rubber seven and a half times to clock in at 8:39.87 seconds. Former teammate and current MC distance coach Jon Welty credits Barr’s long term work ethic for his success.

“He puts himself into a position to win each race that he is in and it has paid off in a majority of his races this year” said Welty. “He never turns away or gets nervous about competition, he embraces it.”

Welty’s brother Anthony, set the previous 3000m record in 2005, also at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational.

In the throwing pit junior Raven Robinson was the only woman to crack the top ten in the shot put, hammer throw and discus. Her best finish was in the shot put, taking 3rd with a throw of 13.32m, just a sneeze farther than teammate, Allie Devor. Erin Maul and Kayla Corzine both bested their previous marks by nearly a meter in the discus, taking 11th and 14th respectively. Once again Devor excelled in the hammer throw, launching a 52.65m effort to take 4th place behind three Iowa Hawkeyes.

Junior Morgan Ryan had landmark days in each of her two events. She pole vaulted herself to the runner-up spot with a 3.40m clearance, her new personal best. Ryan rose to the occasion again in the 100m, shaving .08 seconds off her PB to finish 5th.

“Knowing that I only have one more season after this makes it more real that I need to start getting myself in gear,” says Ryan. “I’ve always been told I have a lot of potential and now it’s time to get competitive and make my mark.”

Ryan’s marks in the pole vault are competitive with the Midwest Conference’s elite.

Only two weeks remain until the Midwest Conference Championships, and the Scots are considered heavy favorites. Devor and Robinson are favored in the throwing pit, as well as Kyle Mengarelli in triple jump, the men’s sensational relay teams and Rachel Bowden in the 800m and 1500m. Three unheralded Scots to watch will be the aforementioned Ryan in the pole vault, Lacey Hainline in the 400m and men’s sprinter Myles Hendricks. Each could conceivably leave Beloit in two weeks as conference champions, but many variables remain. Only time will tell who will break the tape first.

Cameron Line
Contributing Writer

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