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Personal bests lead Scots to win

February 12, 2016

Photo courtesy of Dan Nolan

The men’s and women’s track teams competed at the Keck Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday. The men took first place in the meet while the women took third overall.

Ethan Reschke and James Wilson ran the two fastest times in the nation in the 200 as the Scots took the top four places in the event. Reschke ran a 22.12 while Wilson was just one one-hundredth of a second behind with a time of 22.13. Fellow teammates Adam Parr and Timmy Williams finished 3-4 with times of 22.72 and 23.20.

Wilson and Parr also went 1-2 in the 400. Wilson ran the nation’s 13th fastest time with a winning time of 49.52. Parr was second in 51.03. Matt Trainor also placed fourth in the event with a time of 51.81.

The third 1-2 finish of the meet was led by Timmy Williams with a win in the 60-meter dash. He won with a personal best of 6.99, just three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Reschke who crossed in 7.02.

Pole vaulter Dan Evers won the pole vault as he turned in a career-best of 15’2-¾”. Him and another vaulter tied at that height but Evers was declared the winner on attempts.

Payton Holmes tied his lifetime best in the 60-meter hurdles as he came in second place, just one one-hundredth of a second behind the winner. Vaughn Gentzler, who ran a PR in the prelims with a time of 8.60, placed third in the event as he ran a 8.62 in the finals.

Gentzler jumped 5’10-½” in the high jump which was good enough for third place. Tate Heiple got fourth in the 3,000-meter with a time of 9:19.32.

“Overall the team turned in a lot of great performances,” said Heiple, “Now we have to focus on peaking at the right time for conference.”

On the women’s side, the Scots ran four of the top five times in the mile. Joanna Podosek let the charge with a winning time and personal best of 5:20.26. Thea Bloom was the runner up with a 5:25.63. Amy Wollenburg and Caitlyn Allen ran to a 4-5 finish with times of 5:28.81 and 5:28.82.

Freshman Sydney Jones earned first place in the triple jump with a jump of 34’5”. Madi Schulenberg took third with with a 33’6-¾” while Ashley Castellanos placed fourth with a jump of 33’1-¼”.

Darice Books, Schulenberg and Jones went 2-3-4 in the long jump. Brooks jumped 16’0-¼” for a runner up finish. Schulenberg was third with 15’10-½” just one inch better than Jones who placed fourth.

Schulenberg and Brooks also went 3-4 in the high jump. They tied with two other jumpers at 4’11”.

Shot putter Lilly Mendez had a season-best throw on Saturday. She placed second in the event with a 39’5”.

Podosek, Briana Gardner, Beka Wollenburg and Cynthia Myers teamed to run the 4×400 in a time of 4:03.33, which was good enough to finish third.

Gardner also got fourth place in the 200 dash with a time of 26.48. “We are one step closer to the conference meet, said Wollenburg, “We have goals that we have been working hard towards all season long and this weekend was another weekend that put us closer to achieving those goals.”
Monmouth will host the Fighting Scot Invitational on Saturday. Field events will start at 11 a.m.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Contributor

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