Track battles elements, takes fifth

By John Pierri



Both the men and women’s track and field teams placed fifth at the Concordia University-Chicago Cougar Invite. The men scored 63 points while the women finished with 56 points.

Despite unfavorable weather conditions, there were some strong performances from the men as sophomore Tyler Monahan placed third in both the shotput (with a throw of 13.42 meters) and the discus (with a 13.42 meter throw.)

Senior Danny Graham paced the distance team, as he finished sixth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:22.28. Fellow senior Tyler Zachary placed fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Overall, the Eagles were content with their effort as the weather and the injury bug were issues for them on Friday.

“This meet was neither bad nor good for our team,” said sophomore distance runner Matt Lemming. “We’ve had some injured guys who are just getting back into it and we want them at their best for the conference meet, which is in two weeks.”

The women had some strong performances of their own as sophomore Shana Cook took second in the javelin throw with a throw of 35.86 meters and third in the hammer throw with a distance of 40.94 meters.

Freshman sprinter Nicole Millard had a strong day, finishing fifth in the 100 meter dash. Also, the 4X400 meter relay team of Megan Kunesh, Mary Kate Zayed, Natalie Kocks and Michelle Bussee placed second.

Sophmore distance runner Meg Ryan said that despite the weather, her team put forth the best effort that they could.

“The weather was definitely an issue, but everyone went out and competed well,” she said. “It was a good experience for us, and another step towards the conference championship.”

The Eagles will be back on the track this Friday, Apr. 27 with their final tune-up before the conference championship as they host the Benedictine University Twilight invitational starting at 5 p.m.