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Right on track: Track and field nationally ranked in fourteen events with ten defending champions

February 21, 2014

Pushed by elite competition, the Monmouth College track and field team turned in a stack of personal records and impressive performances last Saturday at the Fighting Scot Invitational. Fifteen teams were a part of Monmouth’s annual indoor meet held in the Huff Athletic Center including conference rivals like Carroll College, Knox College and St. Norbert College, Division II schools like Truman State University and even Division I representation from Western Illinois University. The meet was unscored but there were plenty of golden performances put in by the 13th nationally ranked men’s team, and the 15th ranked women.

Kiante Green, who already has his name all over the Monmouth record book in the 60-meter, (the top ten times in Monmouth history for this event are all Green) impressed yet again. Green holds the fifth fastest time in the nation after he shaved another hundredth on a second off his best to place the new Monmouth 60-meter record at 6.86. Despite Green’s breakneck pace though, he was bested by Greenville junior, Bruce Gray who set the Huff Fieldhouse record with a time of 6.81. Green also took fifth in the 200-meter, and was the starting leg of a stalwart 4-x-400 meter relay team. The combination of Green, Adam Parr, Raimius Foulkes and James Wilson won their race, and last week held the sixth fastest time nationally.

High jumper, Rob Wallace continues to make waves as a freshman. He cleared his second attempt at 2.03 meters to be runner-up at the meet to only WIU senior, Jamario Taylor, as well as putting Wallace 19th in the national rankings. Defending national champion and current holder of the nation’s best long jump James Wilson scratched on four of his six attempts but came in second with 7.00 meters, edged out by Missouri Baptist University senior, Stephen Emere who leapt 7.08 meters.

The women throwers got a one-two punch in the weigh-throw when senior Raven Robinson and junior Erin Maul took the top places. Both are nationally ranked in the event, sixth and 28th respectively. Robinson also won the shot put with a heave of 13.88 meters, to put her in the fourth spot nationally. But again Maul was not far behind, with a fifth place finish with 12.15 meter throw.

Sophomore Brianna Gardner took second in the women’s 200-meter with a time of 26.25, but Monmouth senior Lacey Hainline finished in fourth, a tenth of a second behind Gardner. Junior Kyra Kimber, a long distance staple of the team took fourth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:20.79. Senior, Alyssa Edwards and sophomore Thea Bloom both have new personal best times in the mile, where they placed fourth and sixth respectively.

The Scots will travel to Jacksonville for the Illinois College Alumni Classic, which be the last stop for them before the following week’s Midwest Conference Championship Meet hosted by Cornell. A conference championship win in Mount Vernon, Iowa would be the 13th consecutive for the women and the 15th for the men. In 2013, Monmouth won eighteen conference titles in individual events, and of those, ten have the chance to repeat in 2014.

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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