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Scots compete well at Augustana

April 29, 2016

This past weekend was full of personal bests for many on the Scots track and field teams. The women competed on Friday night at Augustana College for the Meet of Champions. They placed fourth, while the men placed sixth on Saturday.

To start off the weekend, Briana Gardner and Cynthia Myers finished 1-2 in the 200-meter dash. Gardner broke the tape with a time of 25.43 and Myers’ finish was close behind with a career best 25.46. Gardner also finished second in the 100 with a 12.61.

Joanna Podosek also picked up a win on Friday with a career best 800 meter time of 2:15.26. Thea Bloom and Amy Wollenburg also got personal bests in the distance races. Bloom clocked a 4:45.35 in the 1500, while Wollenburg placed eighth in the steeplechase with a time of 12:19.00.

Darice Brooks crept into the top 25 in the nation in long jump. She jumped 18’0-1/2” and placed second. “There were a bunch of PRs on the men’s and women’s side, which is what we are looking for these next couple of weeks, especially at conference. We can do good things if we perform like we did this past weekend,” said Brooks.

The women also performed well in the 4×100 and 4×400. Isabella Kosier joined Garnder, Podosek and Myers to run a 4:00.03 4×400. That time placed them second in the event. The 4×100 team of Myers, Gardner, Beka Wollenburg and TaShea’ Tinglin ran to a third place finish of 49.04.

On Saturday the men’s 4×100 team ran the top time in the nation. Timmy Williams, Ethan Reschke, Adam Parr and James Wilson broke the school-record and ran the best time in the nation as they crossed the line in 40.83 to win the event.

Wilson also won two other events. His long jump moved up to third nation. He got a personal-best in the event with a leap of 24’3-1/4”. He also won the 400 with another personal-best 47.49, which is the second-best time in the nation. Reschke was a little over a half-second behind him as he clocked the 12th best time in the nation with a time of 48.12. Timmy Williams also won the 100-meter dash with an 11.00.

Dan Evers vaulted the eighth-best height in the nation as he tied for first in the pole vault with a PR of 16’2-3/4”. Senior Joe Ward placed fourth in the event with a height of 15’7”.

Sophomore hurdler Vaughn Gentzler placed top 5 in both hurdle events on Saturday. He ran a lifetime best in the 110 prelims and then ran an even better time in finals with a 14.82. That time placed him fourth in the event. He also ran a PR in the 400 hurdles with a fifth place time of 54.52.

Some of the track and field team will head to the Drake Relays this weekend. The rest of the squad will travel to the Beloit Relays.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Contributor

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