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Track & Field takes on nation’s best

February 2, 2018

This past weekend, the Scots track and field teams traveled up to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to test their talents in a showcase of some of the best athletes in the country. The men competed on Friday night, while the women competed on Saturday.

As usual, Dan Evers led the way for the men with a win in the vault, clearing a Monmouth honor roll height of 16’6-3/4”, claiming victory by more than a foot. The throwers pulled more than their weight with Joe Krall heaving a personal record throw of 54’4-3/4” in the weight to place sixth and John Hintz taking fifth in the shot put with a heave of 49’6-1/4”.

On the track for the men, the 4×200 team of Diehl, Cutright, O’Connor, and Vancil turned in a runner-up finish, missing the win by just 11 one-hundredths of a second. Vaughn Gentzler took fourth in the 60m hurdles and Stone Darrow and Chandler Diehl finished 6-7 in the 200m dash, with times of 23.19 and 23.20 respectively. Cooper Pauley rounded out the placings on the track with a 15:43.54 5K, earning him third place.

As for the women’s performances on the track the, Joanna Podosek ran away with the mile, winning in 5:18.38. Caitlyn Allen also ran well for the Scots, earning fourth place in the 5K with a time of 19:00.96. The women’s 4×200 relay of Caldwell, Brooks, Kosier, and Baker got the stick around in 1:52.56, taking fourth in the event. Vanessa Caldwell also took 8th place in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.58.

Lily Mendez led some strong showings in the field events; placing top four in both the weight, she launched a personal record throw of 51’, and in the shot put, with a mark of 39’11”. Madi Schulenburg lept to a tie for third place in the high jump with a mark of 4’11-1/2” to round out the scoring for the women.

Both teams will travel to Bloomington, IL for the Illinois Wesleyan Keck invite on Feb. 3rd.

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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