By: Claire Kositzky
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
This past weekend Benedictine University’s men’s and women’s track and field hosted the twilight invitational. Men’s track and field placed fifth while women’s track and field placed twelfth.
“The men’s and women’s track and field team was able to get some great races on the track this weekend, despite inclement weather,” said senior Mary Kate Zayed.
Junior Joe DeMaegd placed in the top five with three different events. DeMaegd came in third with the javelin and hammer, fifth in the discus. Junior Eric Kenebrew finished in fourth place in discus as well. Junior Ryley Martin finished finished sixth in javelin and junior Mitch Tuthill also finished thirteenth in javelin.
Senior Billy Sipek dominated the jumping events, placing first in the high jump recording a jump at 2.00m. Junior Omar Lopez placed sixth in the long jump at 6.49m. In addition, Lopez also finished in sixth place in 110 hurdles with a time of 15.95s.
“It was a vey good met for the team. A lot of us had some huge performances and this is going to give us all a lot of confidence heading into conference this week. Hopefully we can all continue with this positive momentum and put up some big marks this week,” said Martin.
The women’s track and field team brought fierce competition to the home meet. Junior Megan Malone placed second in hammer at 50.04m, sixth in shot put at 11.90m and twelfth in discus at 36.39m. Junior Brittany Holst placed seventh in pole vaulting at 3.19m.
In the track events, junior Nikki Millard found herself placing ninth in the 100m at 13.42s. Senior Julie Carroll placed fourteen with a time of 2:35:32 in the 800m. Carroll also secured a spot in twenty fifth place for the 1500 with a time of 5:01:65.
“Even though we had some crazy weather come our way, you could see the true passion of track and field runners ran through inches of water that had settled on the track. Determined to run despite the conditions, many of us had great days out there and our excited to see everything coming together in time for the upcoming conference meet,” said junior Sarah Hussey.
The Eagles will travel for their conference meet this upcoming weekend, May 1 and 2 for their conference meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“We’re all very excited for conference this weekend,” added Zayed.