Area students excelling at Monmouth College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Monmouth College track team opened their outdoor season with two provisional marks and one school record while placing second and fourth in the men’s and women’s competition, respectively, at  Viking Olympics March 27 at Augustana College.

The Fighting Scots’ did eclipse one record last weekend in the women’s 4x800 relay where Aron Jackson, Lindsie Pettie (Sherrard grad), Katie Staab and Rachel Bowden ran a 9:38.40 to shatter the old mark by nearly 45 seconds. The foursome won the event by six seconds over the runner up.

“Those four women are good, quality runners,” praised Haynes. “They all made good improvements, but I think they can run substantially faster. Lindsie ran a 2:22 split, but they all can be faster. They all came back the next day and ran well at 1500-meters and that’s a good sign.”

Morgan Leffel (Sherrad grad) finished eighth in in the 100, 13.15.

The men’s and women’s 4x400 each took third. The women’s foursome of Chelsey Widdop(Rockridge grad), Kaci Lierman, Leffel and Bowden clocked a 4:09.53 while the men’s team of the Reschkes, Blodgett and Sesay ran a 3:25.35.

The 4x200 relay teams also mirrored each other’s finish. The men and women each placed second with Monmouth honor roll times. Moore, Leffel, Lierman and Widdop ran a 1:48.54 and the men’s team of Sesay, Prout, Luke Reschke and Matt Dawson (Aledo grad)recorded a 1:29.39.

The Scots travel to St. Louis, Mo., this weekend for the Washington University Invitational.

“We’ll face a little better competition this weekend,” predicted Haynes. “There’ll be some NAIA schools and some Division II schools there. We think the temperatures will be in the 60s, but with some wind. Usually at this time of year, it’s five to 10 degrees warmer in St. Louis than here. That’s our hope for this weekend.”