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Track & Field dominate home opener

January 29, 2016

The Fighting Scots women’s and men’s track and field teams had their home opener on Saturday. The Scots came away with eleven victories and a top finish nationally.

Ethan Reschke clocked the nation’s fastest time in the 200-meter with a time of 22.23. Seniors James Wilson and Adam Parr got second and third in the event with times of 22.58 and 23.04.

The pair also teamed with Ben Markison and Matt Trainor in the 4×4 relay to place second with a time of 3:24.84.

Wilson also competed in the long jump and triple jump, taking the win in both. For long jump he jumped 23’0” and for high jump he leaped to a winning jump of 43’3-¼”.

Freshman Timmy Williams won the 60-meter dash, just seven one-hundredths of a second in front of Reschke.

Sophomore Dan Evers won by nearly a foot in the pole vault with a vault of 15’1”.

“I felt like I had a great atmosphere to vault during the meet. This support helps immensely because it shows that we care for one another,” said Evers.

On the Women’s side, freshman Cynthia Myers earned a first place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.56. Briana Gardner got third in the event with a 27.02, two one-hundredths of a second in front of teammate Beka Wollenburg. Myers and Wollenburg also placed second and third respectively in the 60-meter dash with times of 8.07 and 8.12.

The women also ran very well in the distance races. Sophomore Joanna Podosek won the mile handily with a time of 5:28.75. Thea Bloom and Amy Wollenburg came in third and fourth respectively in the event with times of 5:37.64 and 5:40.04. Senior Alex Dupont crossed the line first in the 5K, running a 19:37.59. The Scots swept the top 4 spots in the event. Caitlyn Allen ran a 19:43.75, while Jessica Salinas was third in 20:56.74. Kelci Foss rounded out the sweep with a time of 21:12.58. “Overall I was happy with the whole team’s performance. There were a lot of personal bests and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” said junior Brittany Daniels who ran the 3K and mile on Saturday.

The women’s 4×200 relay ran to a 15 second win, led by Myers, Gardner, Beka Wollenburg, and TaShea’ Tingin. They finished with a time of 1:47.70. Madi Schulenberg won the high jump with a jump of 5’2-¼”. Sophomore Darice Brooks tied for second with a jump of 5’0-¼”.

Freshman Sydney Jones had two runner ups finishes. She jumped a 15’10” in long jump while Ashley Castellanos placed fourth with a jump of 15’2-¾”.

Jones and Schulenberg went 2-3 in the triple jump with marks of 34’5-½” and 33’6-½”.

Monmouth will travel to Whitewater, Wisconsin next weekend for the Squig Converse Invitational.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Contributor

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