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Track & Field hosts home opener

January 26, 2018

The Fighting Scots track and field team hosted their first home opener indoor track meet of the season this past Saturday. With good competition, the Scots performed well hitting multiple personal bests and high place finishes.

Starting with the men’s pole vault, senior Dan Evers vaulted a field house record of 17’2-3/4”. Along with the fieldhouse record, Evers also set a program record as well as putting himself in 2nd place in the national rankings by only 4”.

In the throwing events, senior Lilly Mendez took first in the shot put along with leading 2 other scots in the top 4. Freshmen Hannah Mcvey and Leigha Sebben took third and fourth behind Mendez. Junior John Hintz and sophomore Joe Krall both came up big in the men’s throwing events. Hintz took first in the shot put with 50’6” along with Krall taking 4th in the weight throw.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles senior Vaughn Gentzler took first just beating Monmouth college alum Peyton Holmes by one-hundredths of a second. Monmouth also took first in the men’s 4×200 meter relay that was run by sophomore Stone Darrow, senior Vaughn Gentzler, freshman Chandler Deihl, and sophomore Lucas Sondgeroth that clocked in at 1:32.27. The Fighting Scots also took first in the women’s 4×200 meter relay lead by Joanna Podosek, Cynthia Myers, Vanessa Caldwell and Isabella Kosier with a time of 1:49.58.

In the jumping events, senior Madi Schulenberg cleared 5’0 with sophomore Aleeka Gentzler and senior Darci Brooks both clearing 4’8.

In the distance events, the men and women performed well in both the middle distance and long-distance events. In the women’s 800-meter, senior Joana Podosek clocked in at 2:20 placing first and entering the national rankings at 10th place. In the woman’s 3000-meter run, junior Caitlyn Allen placed 2nd with a time of 11:06. In the men’s 3000-meter, senior Cooper Pauley placed 2nd with a time of 9:04 ranking him high in the conference polls. In the men’s 800-meter, junior Tate Heiple placed 2nd with a time of 1:58 ranking 1st in the conference polls.

The Scots will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for separate men and women meets this Friday and Saturday.

Griffin Morrill
Contributing Writer

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