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Men track and field place sixth while women place eighth at last home meet of the season


by Tom Brown, Sports Editor

The Benedictine University men’s and women’s Track and Field teams competed in the Twilight Invitational held at the Sports Complex on Friday night.

The men placed sixth in the event, while the women took home an eighth place finish with over 20 teams competing including many division I programs.

The meet was also Senior night for the Eagles as eight members of the team were honored for their commitment to the team over the last four years.

Leading the way for the Eagles was high jumper Billy Sipek who took home a first place with a jump of 2.05 meters, also contributing strongly was senior Adam Chocola who placed second in the hammer throw and sixth in the shot put.

On the track, the Eagles saw several strong performances, freshman standout Omar Lopez was able to take home a fourth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, and the 4X400 meter relay team took home a fifth place finish.

On the women’s side the Eagles took home an eighth place finish in the meet. Led by their field events the Eagles saw some impressive performances.

Megan Malone had a solid performance in two events, coming in fifth place in the hammer throw and seventh place in the shot put while Shana Cook took home second place in the javelin.

The jumpers for the women also had a good day overall as Sarah Oprendek finished fourth in the pole vault.

On the track the Eagles had a trio of good performances in the 200-meter dash as Nikki Millard placed 10th, Jasmine Brown went 12th, and Morgan Bartlett finished in 16th.

Up next both the men and women will compete in their most important race of the season, the Northern Athletic Conference Championship meet which will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Both teams look to build upon impressive finished last year at the conference meet as the women took home a fifth place finish, while the men clinched a share of the conference title.