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PRs, regional rank for track: Men, women striving to reach higher goals this season

February 6, 2015

Monmouth College - Senior Kyle Orwig placed seventh overall in shot put this weekend.

Both men’s and women’s track and field showed up to compete this weekend in their meets at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, putting forth top finishes and personal records. After this weekend, the men moved up to ninth place rankings nationally and the Scots were the only team from the Midwest Conference to be ranked regionally.

On the men’s side, the 4×400 relay team finished in first place with the second fastest time in the nation. On the team was senior Raimius Folkes, juniors Adam Parr and Ben Markison and sophomore Ethan Reschke who ran for a combined 3:19.73. Parr finished in third place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.46 just hundredths of seconds shy of first place and settled in at number 14 nationally. Reschke finished with a personal best for the day in the 400 meter dash at 49.32 and also finished third in his event.

“We are looking to improve as a team and individually. It’s always good to be ranked so high this early in the season, but we have to keep focused and keep improving every week and work hard every practice,” Reschke said.

Parr adds that the team will not be satisfied until it reaches the high goals that each individual member has set out for himself.
“As a team, our ultimate goal is to win a conference championship. After conference, a few of us have even higher goals and that is to make it to the national meet for our 4×4 relay and other individual events,” said Parr.

On the women’s side, senior Kyra Kimber finished fifth in the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:21.01. Fellow senior Stephanie O’Dell had a personal record in the 60 meter hurtle preliminaries at 10.02. However, she missed the finals by hundredths of seconds.

“We did well, and had a lot of good performances however, it’s only the beginning of the season and we are still working on how to improve in certain areas of our races which will improve overtime. Overall I think it was a good weekend,” Kimber said.

Men and women will head to Bloomington on Saturday for the Keck Invitational. On Valentine’s Day Weekend, the Scots will host the Fighting Scot Invite.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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