Scots track wins 12-team meet

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Monmouth College men’s and women’s track and field team ran away from the field thanks to a school record and personal-best performances at last Saturday’s 12-team Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational.

Women’s senior distance specialist Mary Kate Beyer set one school record and nearly broke another. Beyer broke her own school record to win the 3,000-meter run in 10:20.20, nearly 12 seconds ahead of the runner up. Rachel Bowden was fourth in the event with an 11:01.65. Beyer was just nine-hundredths off her own school record in the mile after clocking a 5:14.24 to place third.

The Scots also ran well in the shorter distances as Alexa Allen turned in a provisional qualifying time in the 55 hurdles. The freshman broke the tape in the event with a personal-best 8.52. Senior Jae Moore posted more Scots points in the 55 dash where she placed fourth after running a 7.66. Moore and Allen picked up a second and third in the 200. Moore’s 27.21 was less than a half second behind the winner and Allen was just 11-hundredths behind Moore at 27.52

The field events had a familiar face in first. Allison Devor won the weight throw after a provisional qualifying throw of 51’11-1/4”. Freshman Raven Robinson placed fourth with a personal-best 46’3-1/4”. That tandem placed 2-3 in the shot put where Devor launched the shot 41’3” and Robison turned in a 39’3-1/4” mark.

Mackinsey Marquith was the winner of the long jump. She soared 17’2-1/4” to win a close competition by three inches. Bailey Jackson posted a personal-best effort to place third in the triple jump at 34’0-3/4”. Whitney Didier and Morgan Ryan finished 3-4 in the pole vault. Didier cleared 10’6” and Ryan posted a height of 10’. Didier also placed fourth in the 400 dash with a time of 1:03.08.

Moore, Morgan Leffel (Sherrard graduate), Kimarri Campbell and Kenzie Payton teamed to take third in the 4x200 relay. The foursome checked in with a 1:49.63, just seven-hundredths out of second place. Leffel, Bowden, Didier and Kaci Lierman ran to a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 with a time of 4:13.87.

The men also got some career-best efforts, including one from Peyton Lumzy who picked up two wins in the throws. The senior won the weight throw with a personal-best and provisional qualifying mark of 58’4-3/4” to win by more than three feet. His winning throw in the shot put was 49’1-3/4”. Sam Cokinos and DeAndre Smith bunched the Scots’ points in the shot, finishing 3-4. Cokinos posted an effort of 48’9” and Smith’s mark was 46’11-1/2”.

The Scots swept the top three spots in the triple jump. Adam Sanden won the event at 43’9”. Michael Blodgett was second with a mark of 42’6” and Karston Anderson turned in a 42’5-1/2” jump. Blodgett also placed third in the long jump after soaring 21’1-1/4”.

It was a 1-2 finish in the high jump for Monmouth. Tyler Hannam cleared 6’9” to win and Nick Byom placed second at 6’7-1/5”. Both marks met the provisional qualifying standard.

Brock McAnally won his second pole vault in three meets. The senior cleated 14’11”. Classmate Jeremy Henkins cleared a personal-best 13’5-1/4” to place eighth.

Freshman Kiante Green picked up first place points for the Scots in the 200 dash where Saidu Sesay and Logan Hohl finished third and fourth. Green broke the tape in 22.61 while Sesay finished in 23.06 and Hohl clocked a 23.15. Green also scored in the 55 dash where he ran a 6.62 to finish fourth, just seven-hundredths out of first.

Geoff Bird turned in a career-best in the 5,000. The senior placed fourth with an 8:51.44, just over three seconds behind the winner.

Green, Sesay, Kyle Prout and Shane Reschke ran to a win in the 4x200 relay. The foursome clocked the Midwest Conference’s fastest 4x2 time of 1:30.89.  Reschke, Hohl, Eric Brown and Garrett Daniel teamed to place third in the 4x400 after running a 3:25.98.

The Scots will run this weekend at the Keck Invitational in Bloomington.