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Track & Field set for conference

February 23, 2018

In their last tune-up effort before the Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 23rd and 24th, the Fighting Scots went down to Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL and claimed wins in ten events.

Madi Schulenburg took the top spot in both the high jump and triple jump. Less than an inch off of her personal best, she cleared 5’3-3/4”. Aleeka Gentzler took third in the event, clearing 4’11-3/4”. Schulenburg’s winning mark in the triple jump, bounding to a mark of 33’6-3/4”. Darice Brooks earned third in the event with (33’4-1/2”).

Lily Mendez also earned herself a pair of victories on the night, winning the shot put with a throw of 39’1-1/4” and weight throw with a mark of 52’8-1/2”. Also, in the shot put, freshmen Hannah McVey earned third with 35’5-1/2” and Leigha Sebben placed just behind her with her mark of 34’7-1/4”.

John Hintz spearheaded a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Scots in the shot put and a 1-2-3 finish in the weight throw. Hintz (49’7-1/2”), Joe Krall (45’5-1/4”), Ben Stillwell (44’9-1/4”), and Drew Thaxton (43’11”) swept the top spots in the shot put. Hintz, Krall, and Thaxton also took top three in the weight throws. There marks were 59’2”, 54’7-1/2”, and 50’0-3/4” respectively.

The Scots’ other field event wins came in the men’s triple jump where Seth Andersen’s mark of 44’5-1/2” won by nearly a foot and Dan Evers stayed unbeaten in the pole vault with a height of 16’6-3/4”. Evers took third in the long jump, too, leaping 21’1-1/4” while Andersen hopped to third in the high jump, clearing 6’2”.

Joanna Podosek and Cooper Pauley accounted for both of Monmouth’s wins on the track. Pauley clocked a 9:10.67 to win the 3K while Podosek and Caitlyn Allen clocked PRs in the mile. Podosek broke the tape in the event with a 5:07.25 and Allen clocked a 5:16.53, just 12 one-hundredths out of a 2nd place.

Other top-three finishes were turned in by Tate Heiple in the men’s mile (4:30.70), Tyler Bland in the men’s 800 (1:58.86), Teagan McKenna in the women’s 3K (11:45.65) and Brooks in the women’s long jump (15’7”).

Monmouth will travel to Ripon, WI next for the Midwest Conference Championships.

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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