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Fighting Scots hit stride: Track and field stays consistent at meet in Bloomington

February 13, 2015

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - Men's and women's track and field both placed fifth at their meet this weekend in Bloomington. This Saturday the team hosts the Scots Invitational.

Fighting Scots Track and Field continued its strong performance this weekend at the Keck Invitational in Bloomington with several runners and throwers coming close to or beating personal records. Both the men and women’s teams placed fifth overall on Saturday.

Of those close calls were seniors Kyra Kimber and Erin Maul. Kimber came up two seconds short of a personal best in the mile running a 5:17.26, and Maul’s throw of 50’8’’ was less than a half of a foot away from her best. The two placed first and second, respectively, in their events.

“It feels good to be consistent, because when you are consistent, you know something big is coming,” Maul said of her performances thus far this season. She added that overall she was pleased with the weekend and performances from the rest of the team.

Sophomore Beka Wollenburg ran the 400 meter-dash in 1:01.12 to place fourth in the event.

On the men’s side, senior Kyle Orwig set a personal best when he threw 53’1” and placed fifth overall. Junior Adam Parr clinched two top three performances when he won the 200-meter dash and placed third in the 400-meter dash with times of 22.50 and 51.30 for the events.

On top of that, senior Raimius Folkes placed fourth in the 200-meter dash at 22.91, and freshman Vaughn Gentzler saw a time of 8.99 in the 60-meter hurdle to claim fourth, as well.

“For me the energy at the meets is always a little chaotic. There is a lot going on all the time so when it comes time for your event, you have to tune out that chaos and focus on what you are there to do. The energy is high and the emotions are high, especially this far into the season. You can feel the passion that your teammates and the other teams have,” said Maul.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

The Scots set high goals for themselves to push further for personal records and to get to perform at the national level.

“Looking forward, we have two meets until the Midwest Conference Meet at Grinnell (Feb. 27 and 28). There are still improvements to be made before the conference meet. Preparing for the conference meet is what we are currently focusing on,” Wollenburg said.

On Saturday, the Scots return home for the Fighting Scots Invitational for the first of two meets left before the Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Tournament.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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