By: John Pierri
The Benedictine University Track and Field hosted their Twilight Invitational last Friday in their final tune-up for the Northern Athletics Conference Championship meet on Saturday May 5th.
Friday was also the annual Ben U Track and Field senior night as the Eagles honored their eight seniors.
Overall it was a solid meet for the Eagle’s as the men’s squad took sixth place in the meet and the women placed eighth overall.
“It was a great meet,” explained senior Clare Lopez- Kaley, “it was a good chance for us to get out there and prepare for our conference championships next week.”
Fellow senior Megan Kunesh similarly stated, “I thought the meet went really well for us as a team, especially given the weather conditions that were around. We are starting to focus more on competing against any athletes from our conference instead of simply running good times, which is what our conference meet is all about.”
Kunesh placed fifth in both the 100 meter and 500 meter hurdles as well as ninth in the high jump. Freshman Nicole Millard placed sixth in the 100 meters
On the men’s side, junior Adam Chocola continued with his success in the hammer throw by placing third with a throw of 49.05 meters. Senior Andrew Grzywna, placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 48.97 meters while Nick McCord, also a senior, placed sixth in the long jump. Freshman phenomenon Billy Sipek, continued his great season placing fourth in the high jump.
According to Kunesh the graduating seniors presented at “special bond” as they were the first group that Coach James Kluckohn recruited and coached at Ben U.
“Senior night was very enjoyable and emotional,” she added, “We were able to have many family members and close friends around for the senior night presentation and I think all of us were feeling that it was bittersweet to have one of our last meet at home.”
Lopez-Kaley went on to say “It’s going to be hard to leave my track family but having a home meet so close to graduation allows us to spend as much time together as we can before we go our separate ways.”
The seniors were honored with large photos of them competing from their career at Benedictine and they were able to share it with their family and friends. “Senior day was great! It’s exciting to look back on our four years here and see how much we all accomplished and how big the team has gotten,” said Danielle Smith.
The Eagles will be back in action next weekend when they participate in the conference championship at Concordia University-Chicago.