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Track & Field posts multiple personal bests

February 9, 2018

The Fighting Scots track and field teams traveled down to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL to compete in the DIII Select Keck Invitational.

Senior pole vaulter Danny Evers etched his name in the record books yet again, vaulting a new personal best and a new school best of 17’4-1/2”. This vault sets him comfortably ahead of the rest of the conference, and just 2” shy of the nation’s top mark.

Senior Stephanie Saey ran away with a victory in the 5K with a personal-best 18:58.25, winning by 14 seconds and ranking her first in the conference in the event. Caitlyn Allen placed third in the 3,000-meters with a 10:45.72, just six seconds out of first and second in the MWC rankings. She also moved up to third place in the conference in the mile, where she placed fourth with a time of 5:20.37.

John Hintz heaved himself into the national ranking (No. 21) in the weight throw with an MWC best mark of 57’6-1/4” to earn him second, while also placing third in the shot put with 49’11-1/4”. Joe Krall sits at the third-place ranking after his throw of 54’8-1/4”, which earned him fourth place at the meet.

The Scots’ other two league-ranked performances came on the track where Tate Heiple ran to a fourth-place finish in the 800 with a 1:59.13 which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in the MWC. A 9.42 in the 60-meter hurdles earned Vanessa Caldwell fifth place, the same as her conference ranking in the event.

Siblings Vaughn Gentzler and Aleeka Gentzler finished in the top five of their respective events. Vaughn was the runner-up in the 60 hurdles with an 8.54 and Aleeka took fifth in the high jump, clearing 5’1”. Stone Darrow’s 7.19 – just two one-hundredths off his PR – placed him third in the 60 dash.

The Scots host the Fighting Scots Invite this weekend and have one touch-up meet at Illinois College on February 17th before heading to the conference championships February 23rd and 24th.

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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