Track and Field opens outdoor season

by Tom Brown, Sports Editor

Shana Cook sets a record at the meet on March 28, 2013 at North-Central CollegePhoto by Jordan Cart

Shana Cook sets a record at the meet on March 28, 2013 at North-Central College
Photo by Jordan Cart

Cook sets the record as Eagles start the outdoor season off strong.

Both the Benedictine University men’s and women’s track and field teams began the outdoor portion of the 2013 season on Friday as they participated in the First Chance Invitational hosted by North Central College.

Both teams had significant showings at the meet as the men placed third and the women placed fifth. Host North Central College won the event on both the men’s and women’s side.

The women’s team had a strong team performance but there was one individual performance that stood out from the rest as Shana Cook set a new school record in the javelin throw with a distance of 38.96 meters.

Not only did that throw get her first place in the event, Cook is now ranked 14th in all of division three in the javelin.

Other impressive performances for the Eagles included a first place finish in the 4×100 meter relay and two sixth place finishes on the track as Sarah Hussey ran her way to sixth in the 5000 meters and Nikki Millard took sixth in the 100 meter dash.

Millard who was also part of the first place relay team thought this was a strong overall day for the Eagles.

“It was nice to finally get outside and have some nice performances both on the track, and in the field,” Millard said. “This meet really showed what potential we have going forward.”

On the men’s side, there were many impressive performances, especially in the field. Leading the way for the Eagles was Eric Kenebrew, who placed second in the discus and third in the shot put.