Final Preparations for Conference
February 24, 2017
Michelle Ravel / The Courier
The men’s and women’s track and field teams finished in third place Friday at the Illinois College Alumni Classic Invitational in Jacksonville, Illinois, which will be the host site for the Midwest Conference Indoor Championships next weekend.
The men’s throwers displayed strong performances as John Hintz won both the weight throw and the shot put. In the weight throw, the Sophomore had a personal best throw of 57 feet 1 inch, while in the shot put he achieved a distance of 48 feet 2 ¼ inches. The other men’s throwers turned in solid performances as Zane Sullens took third in the weight throw with 51 feet 0 inches and Freshman Joe Krall rounded out the trio in sixth place at 48 feet 11 inches.
Pole vaulter Dan Evers continued to climb higher as he vaulted to a personal best height of 16 feet 8 ¾ inches to win the event. On the distance side of events, Tate Heiple had a personal best in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:03.34. And In the hurdles, Payton Holmes clocked a near personal best tying time of 8.33 for a first-place finish in the 60-meter event which was closely followed by teammate Carl O’Connor in third with a time of 9.07.
In the relays, the men’s 4×400-meter team of Darrow, O’Connor, Holmes, and Van De Wostine finished third in 3:32.32, while on the women’s side their relay also claimed third place in a time of 4:11.53.
The jumping squad placed well, as in the high jump Madi Schulenberg leaped to a second-place finish with a height of 5 feet 1 inch. In long jump, Sydney Jones placed fourth with a distance of 16 feet 4 ¼ inches. On the women’s throwing side, Lilly Mendez had two impressive performance with a second-place finish in the weight throw, 48 feet 8 ½ inches, and a fourth-place finish in the shot put, 37 feet 7 ¾ inches.
As for the veteran coach’s thoughts on the upcoming championship meet, Roger Haynes had this to say, “We’ve got some holes to fill. We’ve challenged our kids to not just ‘SPEND’ time practicing, but to ‘INVEST’ time practicing. We’ll find out this weekend if we can reap some dividends from the investments.”
The Midwest Conference Championship meet will take place this Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25 at Illinois College, to determine who will be claimed the indoor track and field team champion.