By John Pierri
The BenU track and field teams competed at the North Central College First Chance Invitational over the weekend in their first outdoor meet of the year. The men’s squad placed eighth while the women placed ninth.
For the men, sophomore Tyler Monahan led the way by putting up points in both shot put (with a throw of 13.18 m) and in discus (a 40.55 m throw). Junior Adam Chocola continued his success in the hammer throw with a 49.26 m toss.
In the other events, Billy Sipek and Greg German, both freshmen, stood out with their performances in the high jump and the 110 m hurdles. Sipek jumped 1.85 m in the high jump, while German ran the 110 m in 16.81.
“The meet went well,” said senior Nick McCord, “The team had some good performances, and it was a good start that we needed for this year’s outdoor season.”
The women had a great performance from senior Megan Kunesh, who ran the 100 m and 400 m hurdles, recording times of 17.36 and 1:10.98. Freshman Natalie Kocks ran the 400 m dash in 1:03.37.
“The meet was a great start for the team,” said Kunesh. “We were able to have a lot of girls race who had previously been injured, and they put up some great performances.”
Sophomore Shana Cook continued her strong year by taking fourth in the hammer throw (with a best 37.69 m) and sixth in the discus (with a throw of 32.18 m).
“Our throwers did an amazing job on Friday and Saturday,” Kunesh added. “They were able to be really competitive against some very good teams.”
Even with the success, the women’s team is still fighting off a few nagging injuries. However, the Eagles are still showing optimism.
“We still have a few girls out with injuries, but this is already shaping up to be a lot better of a start versus our first meet indoors,” explained Kunesh.
Benedictine track and field continues the outdoor season this weekend at the Chicagoland Championships at University of Chicago.