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Women’s Track and Field ranked nationally

April 4, 2014

In addition to boasting a nine year streak as defending champions of the Midwest Conference (MWC), the Monmouth College women’s track and field team is also ranked in the top 20 of United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) women’s DIII college rankings. They were given a preseason ranking of 18 and have maintained that spot after taking second place amongst eight teams at the Augustana Viking Olympics last Saturday. It was a blustery day along the Mississippi as the women Scots took first in ten events, including all three sprint relays, 4-x-100 meter relay, 4-x-200 meter relay and the 4-x-400 meter relay. Although Lacey Hainline broke the tape for a win in the 100 meter dash, three other Scots also fit in the top ten for scoring in the race including, Bailey Jackson in third, Briana Gardner in fifth and Beka Wollenburg in eighth. After coming off an indoor season conference title defense, this is the first outdoor meet of the year for the Fighting Scots.
Steady field performers also shined bright in Rock Island. Individual wins came for Emily Tysma in high jump, Raven Robinson in shot put, Marla Willard in javelin and Jackson in the triple jump. (Robinson and Tysma are nationally ranked in the top five.)

The women’s team is especially strong on field events. Robinson is in the top 20 in an inspiring three throwing events: shot put, discus and hammer throw. Monmouth has a growing tradition in the hammer throw, with Scots women taking the conference prize home six years in a row in the event. Senior Morgan Ryan is also nationally ranked in the pole vault and a top contender for a conference crown. Last year three out of four conference wins for the women were in field events. Although six-time champion, Allie Devor accounted for two of those, Fighting Scots should in the running in nearly every field category. Two long distance runners found themselves runner-ups, Brittany Daniel in the 5000-meter run and Kyra Kimber in the 1500-meter run, both finishing behind Vikings of Augustana College.

This weekend the women and men’s team will be in competition in Clinton, Iowa at the Ashford University, Invitational. Conditions should be favorable, as the forecast in Clinton looks to be mostly sunny, low winds and a high of 54 degrees.

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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