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Track & Field performs well at IL Wesleyan

February 10, 2017

It was a busy day for the Fighting Scots men’s and women’s teams as they traveled to Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, Illinois for the Keck Invitational. There was improvement across the board as the team posted three national top 25 performances and four personal-bests.

The hurdle group for the Scots sprinted to near personal bests on the men’s side as Senior Payton Holmes finished in a time of 8.36 seconds, only two one-hundredths off of his personal best and school record time of 8.34. Although it wasn’t his fastest time, it was good enough to earn the senior a 22nd ranking nationally in the 60-meter hurdles. On the women’s side of the hurdles, Freshman Vanessa Caldwell turned in another impressive performance as she clocked a personal best for the third consecutive race in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in a time of 9.38 seconds.

Moving to the sprint events, Senior Ethan Reschke won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.46 seconds, a finish that qualified for a top 25 time nationally. Freshman Stone Darrow sprinted to an eight-place finish in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.25 seconds. On the women’s side, Senior Briana Gardner earned a sixth-place finish in the 200 as well as a seventh-place finish in the 60.

On the distance side of events, it was a day full of memorable performances which started with Junior Cooper Pauley posting a personal best in the 3,000-meter run in a time 9:02.51, while in the mile, Tate Heiple ran a personal best time of 4:24.98. In the 800-meter Tyler Bland ran a season’s best time of 2:01.19. On the women’s side, Joanna Podosek finished second in the mile in a time of 5:12.55, while Kate Saulcy ran a 2:28.08 for a seventh-place finish in the 800.

The Scots didn’t dissapoint in the field events as Dan Evers won the pole vault with a vault of 16 feet, 4-3/4 inches. Lilly Mendez achieved a personal best in the weight throw with a mark of 48 feet 1-1/4 inches. John Hintz finished second in the men’s weight throw with a distance of 53 feet 1-1/2 inches. And Ben Stillwell rounded out the throws with an eight-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 43 feet 7-1/4 inches.

The Scots will be at home this weekend as they host the Monmouth College Fighting Scot Invite at the Huff Athletic Center.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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