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Arms race in Chicago: Throwers lead way for Track and Field on Saturday


by Luke Stanczyk

SPORTS EDITOR

 

In their second outdoor meet of the season, the Benedictine University Eagles track and field teams each saw some impressive individual throwing performances on Saturday afternoon at the Chicagoland Championships at the University of Chicago.

On the men’s side, the throwing events have been the team’s strength all season. That did not change on Saturday, as sophomore Tyler Monahan turned in another solid meet. The Indiana native placed seventh in both the discus throw and shotput events, while senior Andrew Grzywna placed third in the javelin throw.

The men also saw a nice performance from freshman Billy Sipek, who placed fourth in the high jump.

For the women, sophomore Shana Cook built upon her strong season. She placed 15th in the discus throw with a throw of 31.12m, a personal record. On top of that, she placed twelfth in the hammer throw and third in the javelin throw.

The woman also saw two athletes have good performances in the running events. Senior Megan Kunesh, who is off to a nice start in the outdoor season, had another successful meet on Saturday by finishing the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:12.00 (good for 11th place). Also, freshman Nicole Millard had strong showings in both the 100m (14th place) and 200m (25th place) dashes.

From a team standpoint, the men placed 13th while the women placed 16th. It was a large  meet with a number of Chicagoland schools in attendance, featuring both large Division I schools like DePaul, Northwestern and Northern Illinois and smaller schools such as DuPage and Harper College.

For their next meet, the Eagles come home for their first home meet of the season: on Saturday at 10am at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex. The Eagle Invitational, will be the first of two home meets this spring, as BenU will also host the Twilight Invitational on Friday, April 27th.