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Track & Field improves at home

February 16, 2018

The Monmouth College Fighting Scots’ track and field teams enjoyed the comforts of home to move up the rankings in the Midwest Conference and nationally.

Seth Anderson got the ball rolling for the Scots in the jumps, where he leapt to the top of the conference in both the high jump and the triple jump. He cleared 6’5-1/2” to place fourth in the high jump and won the triple jump with a mark of 45’1-3/4”. Freshman Darius Williams also had himself a day, moving up to the third in the long jump rankings with jump of 21’7-1/2”.
Monmouth’s women took the top two spots in the high jump with Madi Schulenburg clearing 5’1-3/4” and Aleeka Gentler clearing 4’11-3/4”. Danny Evers took the win in the pole vault, staying undefeated on the season with a vault of 17’0-3/4”.

The Scots’ distance runners provided top finishes as well. Caitlyn Allen ran the mile in 5:21.13 to earn a runner-up finish, while Stephanie Saey placed the same in the 3K with an 11:04.91. Tate Heiple, Cooper Pauley, and Tyler Bland took 2-3-4 in the men’s mile respectively with times of 4:33.19, 4:36.92, and 4:41.85. Pauley ran away with third in the 3K with a 9:14.80.

Joanna Podosek moved up to the 23 in the national rankings in the 800m with her conference-leading time of 2:17.83. Podosek’s time puts her atop the conference standings. Vaughn Gentzler also sits atop the standings in the 60m hurdles after his 8.40 performance. Vanessa Caldwell moved to 2nd in the league in the same event on the women’s side with her PR of 9.23, and Cynthia Myer’s 36.74 performance earned her the same league ranking in the 200m. Chandler Diehl and Stone Darrow took 3-4 in the 400m dash with their respective times of 51.42 and 51.76.

The throwers anchored the day of PRs and outstanding performances by taking 1-2-3-4 in the weight throw. John Hintz launched the nation’s 11th best weight throw mark, winning the meet with 59’9-3/4”. Joe Krall was four feet behind Hintz, with Drew Thaxton five feet behind him and Ben Stilwell rounding out the sweep with his mark of 49’4-1/4”. Hintz, Krall, and Stillwell then went 2-3-4 in the shot. Lilly Mendez threw herself to the top of the conference in both of her events with a weight throw of 51’10” and a shot-put mark of 42’00”.

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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