John Pierri



Personal bests, school records and other stellar performances led the BenU men and women’s track and field teams to strong finishes at the Northern Athletics Conference Indoor Championships at Rockford College. The women’s squad placed fourth, while the men placed sixth.

The women’s team had been the seventh seed in the competition, and placing fourth was an incredible accomplishment.

“I’ve never been so proud of my team,” senior Clare Lopez-Kaley said. “We were able to have so many standout performances and had an amazing support system. We had so many people step up and perform above and beyond. The momentum from this meet will help us continue to perform well into the outdoor season.”

The women’s 4×400 team broke a Benedictine University record, and sophomore Shana Cook took first in the weight throw with a personal best of 14.23 meters. Senior Megan Kunesh placed second in the high jump and third in 55 meter hurdles.

The men didn’t place as high, but they did have a number of outstanding performances. Junior Ryan Serafino placed first in the 800 meter run, while sophomore Tyler Monahan recorded a personal record in the shot put by placing fourth with a toss of 14.02 meters. Junior Adam Chocola continued with his success in the weight throw as he placed second in the event.

“It [sixth place] was not as well as we were hoping to do, “explained sophomore Tom Brown. “We still have a few key injuries, but overall 6th place was not what I as well as a lot of the team was hoping for when we went into the meet.”

The men and women’s squads will finish up their indoor season on Mar. 2 at the Last Chance Qualifiers at North Central College.