Leffel and Widdop helping at Monmouth College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

It didn’t take long for the Monmouth College men’s and women’s track teams to record their first provisional qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Senior Peyton Lumzy and sophomore Allison Devor highlighted the Fighting Scots’ performance at Saturday’s Knox Invitational. Lumzy took two firsts and won the men’s weight throw by more than three feet with a provisional mark of 55’9-3/4”. His other win came in the shot put where he recorded a throw of 50’0-1/2”. Sam Cokinos was third at 48’0”.  Devor won the women’s shot put by nearly two feet after launching the shot a personal-best and provisional qualifying 43’1-1/2”. Devor took third in the weight throw with a PR of 49’9-1/4”. Amanda Streeter was second at 50’-4-3/4”

The Scots scored plenty of firsts in the season’s opening meet. Senior Mary Kate Beyer logged an honor roll time of 10:33.21 to win the 3,000-meters. Freshmen Alexa Allen broke the tape in the 55 hurdles in 8.86. Rachel Bowden and Sherrard graduate Morgan Leffel finished 1-2 in the 400. Bowden clocked a 1:02.86 and Leffel finished in 1:03.77.

Monmouth’s women took the top three spots in the high jump. Freshman Emily Tysma cleared a first place height of 5’1-3/4”. Rockridge graduate Chelsey Widdop placed second at 4’11-3/4” and Heather Hull took third with a 4’9-3/4” jump.

Senior Whitney Didier led the charge in the pole vault. She won the event with a personal-best 11’0”. Freshman Morgan Ryan took second with a height of 10’0”.

Mackinsey Marquith took top honors in the long jump with a mark of 17’4-3/4”. Leffel was awarded third at 15’11” after she and Widdop jumped the same distance. Marquith and Leffel finished 2-3 in the triple jump. Marquith’s 33’8-1/2” edged out Leffel at 33’5-3/4”.

The Scots’ women milers also picked up top three points. Alyssa Edwards placed second at 5:49.42. Marlee Lane was right behind in third with a 5:54.14. Edwards also finished third in the 800- with a 2:32.58.

Senior sprinter Jae Moore ran a 27.39 to take second in the 200. Her time was just two-tenths out of first.

Kaci Lierman, Aron Jackson, Didier and Bowden form the 4x400 team that placed second in 4:16.79. The women’s 4x200 relay team of Kimarri Campbell, Kenzie Payton, Bailey Jackon and Lierman, placed third in 1:53.03.

Monmouth’s men bunched points in the 55- and 400- dashes. Saidu Sesay outleaned teammate Kiante Green to win the 55- when both clocked a 6.61. Sesay also picked up a first in the 200 after clocking a 22.97. Kyle Prout was third in 23.73.

Logan Hohl, Garrett Daniel and Eric Brown completed a 1-2-3 sweep of the 400. Hohl broke the tape in 51.57 while Daniel clocked a 52.58 and Brown checked in with a 54.65.

Jon Welty opened his season with a second place finish in the mile. The junior clocked a 4:42.90. Freshman Joe Levita took third in the 800 in 2:05.47.

Sesay, Prout, Shane Reschke and Kiante Green ran to a win in the 4x200 relay, clocking a 1:32.23. The team of Jon Misek, Brian Sullivan, Dustin Lemley and Zach Kupfer placed third in 1:39.42.

The 4x400 teams also finished first and third. The foursome of Green, Reschke, Daniel and Hohl took first in 3:28.24. A 3:36.83 by Misek, Lemley, Brown and Brian Daly was good for third.

Brock McAnally and Jeremy Henkins took the top two honors in the pole vault. McAnally cleared 14’6” and Henkins vaulted 12’6”.

Monmouth’s jumpers faired well. Ryan Elmore cleared 6’1-1/2” to place second in the high jump. Nick Law’s 20’7-1//4” jump was good for second in the long jump. Newcomer Adam Sanden placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 44’2”.

Monmouth will host the five-team Midwest Invitational Saturday. The field events begin at 10:45 a.m. and the running events at 11 a.m. at the Huff Athletic Center.