For the 10th straight year, the Monmouth College men’s and women’s track teams have swept the Midwest Conference Track and Field Championships.
Competing at Grinnell College on May 9-10, Monmouth’s men captured their 14th straight outdoor crown and the women earned their 10th consecutive title and 14th in 15 years to earn coach Roger Haynes the men’s Coach of the Year honor and the women’s co-Coach of the Year award. Raven Robinson claimed two conference titles to earn the Women’s Field Event Co-Performer of the Meet, while James Wilson had a hand in four titles to claim the Men’s Track Co-Performer of the Meet. DeAndre Smith’s league crown and two runner-up finishes earned him the Men’s Field Event Co-Performer of the Meet.
Robinson took the title in the hammer throw with a mark of 168’4, winning by more than 11 feet. She then led a 2-3 finish in the discus with a heave of 144’10, while Erin Maul placed third at 127’6. Robinson’s shot put of 46’10 edged Maul’s lifetime-best effort of 46’4. It was Robinson’s first MWC outdoor shot put title.
Wilson claimed the men’s 200-meter dash title on Saturday with a time of 21.72 and helped the 4x100 relay to a conference crown and school record. He teamed with Adam Parr, Eric Brown and Kiante Green to clock the record time of 41.24, winning by nearly one full second. Wilson was second only to a teammate in the 100, where Green captured his third straight 100 title after clocking an 11.12 to edge Wilson’s 11.18. Wilson also claimed his first outdoor conference title in the long jump, besting defending champion and teammate Karston Anderson. Wilson soared 23’4-3/4 to clip Anderson’s runner up mark of 22’9.
Smith’s lifetime-best shot put of 53’0-1/4 placed him second to go with his Friday performances in the discus and hammer throw. On Day 1, he earned his third outdoor title in the discus with a throw of 147’1 and took second in the hammer throw at 154’1.
A day after Morgan Ryan cleared 11’6-1/4 to claim her first outdoor league crown in the women’s pole vault, she won the Scots’ first 110 hurdles title since 2009, clocking a time of 16.14. Ryan also took third in the long jump with a mark of 17’0-3/4. Bailey Jackson placed second in the event at 17’8. Jackson was also the runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 37’1.
Jackson earned a league title in the 4x100 relay with Kimarri Campbell, Lacey Hainline and Briana Gardner. The foursome clocked the second-fastest time in the history of the program at 47.84 to win by a half-second.
Alyssa Edwards claimed her second straight MWC crown in the 400 hurdles. Edwards turned in a time of 1:05.36 to win by nearly a second. Brian Sullivan and John O’Connor were 2-3 in the men’s competition. Sullivan ran a 55.39 to finish just nine one-hundredths out of the lead, and O’Connor finished in 56.48.
High jumper Emily Tysma successfully defended her title. The senior cleared 5’6-1/4. On the men’s side Rob Wallace’s height of 6’6-3/4” placed him second.
Monmouth put two on the podium in the javelin. Scott Duncan claimed his first league title with a throw of 182’3 a day after Marla Willard took second in the women’s competition at 123’3.
The Scots men reclaimed the 4x400 league title. Ben Markison, Garrett Daniel, Raimius Foulkes and Ethan Reschke made the four laps around the track in 3:16.57 to win the event by nearly four seconds.
Reschke and Foulkes clocked PRs to place 2-3 in the 400. Reschke ran a 48.12 and Foulkes posted a 48.57. Hainline’s lifetime-best in the women’s 400 placed her third in 57.00.
It was a photo finish of sorts in the pole vault where three men cleared 14’6-1/”. Joe Ward was declared the winner by virtue of attempts and Steven Andris claimed second to make it a 1-2 Monmouth finish. It was Ward’s first outdoor title.
Kyra Kimber had a big weekend, setting one school-record and running a PR in another race. The junior set the new Scots record of 2:14.88 in the 800 and was the runner-up in the 5K at 18:51.48. The Saturday performances followed Kimber’s PR of 4:43.61 in the 1500-meter run on Friday. The time came within a half-second of the school record to place her second in the race.
Other podium performances on Saturday included Anderson in the triple jump (45’10-3/4, 2nd), Beka Wollenberg in the 100 (13.03, 3rd), Gardner in the 200 (25.2, 3rd) and O’Connor in the 110 hurdles (16.20, 3rd).