By John Pierri
The Benedictine University track and field teams hosted the Eagles Invitational over the weekend. It was the first home meet of the season for the Eagles. The men placed 12th out of 20, while the women placed 17th.
“It was a great opportunity for us to perform in front of family and friends,” explained senior Nick McCord, “It was a pretty tough meet of over 20 teams full of D1 and very talented JuCo teams. I think we held our own for the lack of people we had.”
According to McCord, who recorded a personal record in the long jump, injuries remain an issue for the men’s squad.
“The main concern at the moment is getting people healthy. We are dealing with injured people that are major parts of the team,” he said.
Junior Adam Chocola had two personal bests in the hammer throw and the discus, while freshman Billy Sipek placed fifth in the high jump.
“Our team did really well as a whole [Saturday] and had many personal records,” explained sophomore Matt Lemming, “On the track, Ryan Serafino set a big PR in the 800 and put himself into 2nd place in the conference.”
“Racing on your home track that you practice on all year long is a great feeling,” Lemming added. “The atmosphere is also really nice with your family and friends coming out to watch and support you too.”
For the women’s squad, sophomore Shana Cook recorded a personal record in the hammer throw with a 39.75 m throw. Also, freshman Nicole Millard placed ninth in the 100 m dash, and senior Danielle Smith placed twelfth in the 5000 meters.
“The meet went great yesterday! Everything seemed to run extremely smooth: our coaches and athletes collaborated tremendously,” explained Smith, “It showed how well we can all work together. “
It was more than just any other race for Smith, as this day turned out to mean more than just a race. She was proposed to by her boyfriend, Alex Arman, of almost four years after he finished his race. Of course, she said yes.
“To put it in a nutshell, I was absolutely shocked!” said an excited Smith. “I was at first worried he hurt himself during the race, but then he turned it all around to make it absolutely adorable! He has always been creative and always seems to surprise me. I guess I was just more excited than anything.”
The Eagles are back in action Thursday at the Concordia University-Chicago Cougar Invitational.