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Scots preparing for Conference

April 28, 2017

Photo courtesy of Monmouth College.

The Fighting Scots men’s and women’s track teams are shaping up as the Midwest Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships approach. This past weekend the teams turned in three top 20 nationally ranked performances at the Friday and Saturday Augustana College Meet of Champions.

The Scots most impressive accomplishment of the day came from pole vaulter Dan Evers as he once again reached another milestone. Evers cleared 17 feet for the first time in his track career as he vaulted a final height of 17 feet ¾ inches. The mark earned him a second-place ranking in Division III Track and Field. On the track, Senior Ethan Reschke ran a 47.90 in the 400-meter dash, good for a sixth-place ranking in the country.

The women’s track team had a meet filled with personal bests. Vanessa Caldwell led the way with a 15.33 in the 100-meter hurdles. In the triple jump, Ashley Castellanos and Darice Brooks turned in personal best performances. Castellanos jumped 36 feet 2 inches and Brooks 35 feet 9 ¼ inches. Sydney Jones had a personal best in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet 2 ¾ inches.

Briana Gardner won the 100 and 200 meter-dashes. She clocked a 12.34 in the 100 meter and a 25.36 in the 200 meter. Also in the 200, Cynthia Myers and Beka Wollenburg placed in the top four. Myers finished 3rd in a time of 26.65 and Wollenburg was 4th in a time 26.77.

In relay events, the women’s team had a pair of second-place finishes. In the 4×100 consisting of Wollenburg, Tinglin, Caldwell, and Gardner ran a 48.82 to finish just over two tenths of a second behind the winner. And in the 4×400 made up by Gardner, Caldwell, Podosek, and Myers ran a 3:58. 12 just a mere one, one-thousandth off the winners’ time.

This weekend the track teams will travel to meets at the Drake Relays and the True Blue Open at Illinois College as they hope to further hone in on their events with the conference meet rapidly approaching.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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