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Track continues to dominate

April 8, 2016

The Scots track and field teams competed at the Washington University Invitational this past weekend. The men, who rank fourth in the preseason national rankings, finished fourth at the 30-team meet. The women finished tied for 22nd out of 34 teams.

The majority of the men’s points came from their two standout pole vaulters. The indoor All-American duo of Joe Ward and Dan Evers both finished in the Top 3 at Saturday’s meet. Ward took the first place medal with his impressive vault of 16’4-3/4”, which was 3” higher than his previous personal record. Evers also recorded a personal best with a vault of 15’9” to take third place.

James Wilson was able to jump 23’6” to place second in the long jump. Ethan Reschke also claimed a runner up finish. He clocked a 21.76 in the 200-meter dash, just five one-hundredths behind first place.

Wilson and Reschke teamed up with Adam Parr and Timmy Wiliiams to place third in the 4×100 relay. Their time of 41.47 was less than 35-hundredths off the winner.

The Scots also had three Top 10 finishes in the hurdle events. Payton Holmes finished fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.67, finishing just ahead of teammate Vaughn Gentzler. Gentzler ran a career-best 14.97 in the event. Holmes also claimed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.24.

Cynthia Myers, Beka Wollenburg, Ta Shea’ Tinglin and Briana Gardner finished fifth in the women’s 4×100 relay with a time of 49.19. Gardner also brought the Scots points when she finished in 10th place in her 200 meter race with a time of 26.25.

Sophomores Joanna Podosek and Amy Wollenburg both placed in the Top 10 in their distance events. Podosek placed seventh in the 800 with a 2:21.77 while Wollenburg ran a 12:36.49 in the steeplechase to earn her ninth place.

Following the meet, Ward and Reschke were given performer of the week awards after their performances were ranked nationally.

Ward’s vault ranked fourth nationally to garner him the filed performer of the week. Reschke turned in the second fastest time in the nation in his 4×100 leg of the relay while also turning in the 11th-fastest time in the nation with his 200-meter dash performance.

The Scots will travel twenty minutes do the road this weekend to compete at the Knox College Open on Saturday. The competition is scheduled for a start time of 11 a.m.

Cooper Pauley
Contributing Writer

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