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Lucky number thirteen?: Track and field has won 12 straight conference titles and shows no signs of slowing

February 28, 2014

Kelsi Ford / The Courier - Senior Morgan Ryan is one of several Scots primed to win repeat individual MWC titles.

 

No team other than Monmouth College has taken home a Midwest Conference (MWC) championship trophy in the last thirteen years in track and field and there’s no reason to think that will change this year. We’ll find out for sure as Coach Haynes heads into competition as Cornell College hosts their first Indoor MWC Championship in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Eighteen Fighting Scots were individual champions at last year’s meet and ten of those are returning to have a chance at repeating this year.

Senior Raven Robinson has never won a MWC individual title but only because of another Scot. In both the 20-pound weight throw and the shot put, Robinson took runner-up to three time champion in both events, Allie Devor. Now that Devor has graduated Robinson is in prime position to sweep the events, nationally ranking seventh in the weight throw and fourth in the shot put. In fact, based on recorded throws this season, another Monmouth one-two punch is in the forecast for the weight throw. Junior Erin Maul has the second longest weight throw in the conference and is ranked 32nd nationally.

Barring injury or disqualification, James Wilson should easily sail to his third consecutive long jump title. The junior was national champion last year and has the longest jump in the conference this year by a foot and a half. He also has the nation’s longest jump this year by five inches. Wilson in his career holds six individual titles including last year in the 400-meter, and the 4-x-200 meter relay with Kiante Green, Brian Sullivan and Myles Hendricks, none of whom graduated in 2013.

Emily Tymsa, the 2012 high jump champion missed out on the crown last year when she barely missed clearing a height of 1.65 meters, even though she came in with a seeded height of 1.73. Her best this year is 1.70, which has her tied for third in the nation and the favorite to take the top spot on the podium once again.

One more repeat offender is senior DeAndre Smith, a two time defending champion in the shot put and a 2012 champion in the weight throw. Smith is nationally ranked 22nd in the shot put but holds the furthest conference throws in both categories.

While Coach Haynes has been at the helm he’s won a combined 31 indoor team titles and won the conference coach of the year on nine occasions.

Other Monmouth tracksters favored are Joe Ward in the pole vault, Green in the 60 and 200, Raimius Foulkes in the 400, Wallace in the high jump, Karston Anderson in the triple jump, Morgan Ryan in the 60-meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault and Bailey Jackson in the triple jump. As you can see the Fighting Scots have plenty to be confident about.

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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