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Evers captures first national title

March 16, 2018

Photo by Kent Kriegshauser

Alabama was the place to be this spring break. Not for the beaches, but for the 2018 Division III National Track and Field Championships. Danny Evers, John Hintz, and Joanna Podosek all made the trip down to compete for All-American status.

John Hintz was the first of the three to compete, participating in the weight throw Friday morning. Hintz heaving the second-best mark of his career, 18.28 m, on both his first and third preliminary throws. He ended prelims in 10th place, missing finals by 1 cm.

Joanna Podosek was the lone track athlete representing the Fighting Scots at the meet, running a dashing 800 m. She ran a solid time of 2:15.27 to put her top ten in the nation but missed finals and All-American status by less than a second.

And last but not least was Danny Evers, who vaulted his way to the 11th national title in Monmouth’s Track and Field history. Evers entered the weekend as the favorite to win the event and used it to his advantage while game-planning for the competition.

“I knew I’d be competing against some very good competitors, so I just wanted to make sure that I was as consistent with my technique as possible in addition to saving as much energy as possible for later heights in the competition.”

Evers was the last one to enter the competition, easily clearing what was most other athletes third or fourth height. Evers cleared 5.10 m and had to wait and see who would join him at the next height. After the runner-up failed his final attempt, Evers was the national champion.

“I remember looking over at Coach Haynes and he quickly yelled ‘We aren’t done yet!’ so I knew I had more in me.” Evers wasn’t content with a national championship, he was eyeing a spot on the top 10 all-time list. His final mark of the day, 5.37 m, made him the 6th best pole vaulter in Division III history.

“As soon as competition closed I looked over at Coach Haynes with tears in my eyes knowing we did it! I sprinted over to him and gave him a great big hug, thanking him. None of this would have been possible without the support of my teammates, coaches, and family.”

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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