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Fighting Scots ranked nationally: Track and field uses trust, dedication, coaching as motivation

April 17, 2015

Track and field continued its strong performances this weekend at the Lee Calhoun Memorial held at Western Illinois University. Both men and women saw personal records and nationally ranking times in their events.

It was a good weekend overall for the team as the Scots competed against Division I track and field programs, and came out near the top of the leader boards in several events.

On the men’s side, senior Raimius Foulkes, juniors Adam Parr and Matthew Trainor and sophomore Ethan Reschke won the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:12.36. Foulkes, Parr and Reschke all ranked nationally after their respective events. Foulkes finished first in the 400 meter and also saw a personal best time of 47.96 to put him fourth in the nation. Reschke took third in the event, and moved up to ninth in the standings. For the 100 meter, Parr finished seventh, and put himself 20th in the country.

“Knowing that we can compete with some of the best athletes in the nation is what motivates us every day to work hard and be prepared for every track meet,” Parr said.

The team works as a whole to cheer one another on and trusts in what the coaches have to say.

“As a team, we constantly support each other and buy into the practice plan that Coach Haynes has for us every week and because of this, we are performing at an extremely high level right now,” said Parr.

For the women, senior Stephanie O’Dell finished fifth and seventh in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles with times of 16.33 and 1:09.42, respectively. Fellow senior Kyra Kimber placed second in the 800 meter with a personal best of 2:15.97.

O’Dell agreed with Parr adding, “With a coach that’s just as dedicated to the program and you as an individual, it’s motivating to really trust the process he has for you.”

“We pump each other up by showing our passion for this sport and going to every meet and giving our all,” Kimber said.

In the field events, the men and women came up with strong performances. Senior Kyle Orwig had a personal record in the hammer throw to place fourth with 156’10”. Sophomore Tyler Parksey took fifth in the shot put with 45’10-3/4”. Senior Erin Maul finished third in the hammer throw at 158’1” while her discus throw earned her fifth at 122’2”.

Sophomores Ashley Castellanos and Madison Schulenburg placed fourth and fifth in the triple jump just a few inches apart. Schulenburg had a leap of 32’11-3/4” while Castellanos jumped 32’8-1/2”.

For the pole vault, junior Joe Ward finished second at a height of 15’1” and senior Stephen Andris finished fourth vaulting over the bar at 14’7-1/4”.

The team’s personal records and national rankings are fuel to the fire for continuing to perform at a higher level each meet.

On Tuesday a report was released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) that placed the men’s team in the Week 3 top ten regional rankings. The men sit right at tenth.

Up next for the Fighting Scots women is the Augustana Invite on Friday at 3:00 and for the men on Saturday is the Augustana Meet of Champions at 10:00 a.m.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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