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Track and field getting focused: Scots continue trend of personal records, national ranking

May 1, 2015

Michelle Ravel / The Courier - The men's team is ranked fourth nationally by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

With only one meet left before the Midwest Conference Track and Field Championships, the Fighting Scots are more focused than ever before and continue to see personal records and national rankings.

Though neither the men’s or women’s team scores were kept on Saturday at Loras College, both continued their strong performances and saw either improvements or lifetime best performances. These good turnouts are a result of hard work and high intensity.

“At meets, we think of it as a business trip. We are there to get work done. We really focus on what we need to do and get excited when things go well. We are all aware of what we need to do so intensity during meets is high but focused. Especially during the last few weeks leading up to conference the intensity during practice has been motivating. We understand where we are in regards to conference and we really have gotten after it during practice to fix any last critiques we want to sharpen up to make better,” said senior Stephanie O’Dell.

The two first place finishes at the meet came from throwers Erin Maul and Kyle Orwig. Maul 133’2” in the women’s hammer throw and Orwig threw 48’10” in the shot put. Orwig also took third and fifth in the hammer throw and discus, respectively, while Maul claimed runner up in the discus.

Monmouth sprinters came in the top five in several events. Sophomore Beka Wollenburg took second in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter with times of 12.73 and 26.46. O’Dell was the runner up in the 100-meter hurdles finishing with a time of 1:08.00. Vaughn Gentzler and John O’Connor took fourth and fifth on the men’s side of the 100-meter hurdles with times of 16.35 and 16.37.

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

In the 4×400 meter sprint Raimius Folkes, Matthew Trainor, Ethan Reschke and Adam Parr ran a 3:13.45, just shy of the finals. The men’s team maintained its national rank in fourth after the meet. O’Connor said that the team is continuing the pattern of strong performances.

“It has been consistently improving. Each week has either improved or been very consistent with the previous week, which is the main goal,” said O’Connor. Both he and O’Dell agree that the team unity and support is at a high this year.

The team will host the Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Then it’s on to the MWC Championships May 8-9 which are held in Ripon, Wisconsin.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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