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Scots Track Teams Dominate at Opening Meet
The Monmouth College track teams picked up where they left off last season, winning the men's and women's portions of the five-team Knox Invitational last Saturday.

The Fighting Scots claimed a combined 18 firsts in the 31 events and five athletes recorded personal best marks. Monmouth was exceptionally strong in the field events where they won nine of the 11 events they entered.

The Scots claimed the top four spots in the women's weight throw with Gloria Lehr leading the charge. Lehr won the event with a personal best throw of 49'10-1/2 to edge Amanda Streeter who logged a PR of 49'9. Freshman Allison Devor placed third at 44'8 and Maureen Dewan uncorked a personal best 44'7-1/2 to place fourth. Lehr also claimed second in the women's shot put with a throw of 41'6-1/2.

The Scots women also swept the top four spots in the high jump where the top three all cleared 4'11-1/2. Heather Hull took top honors while Chelsey Widdop and Sarah Stinson tied for second. Kaci Lierman cleared 4'9-1/2 to place fourth.

The men's high jumpers also took the top four spots in their competition. Tyler Hannam was named the winner over Sean Wells after each cleared 6'5-1/2. Ryan Elmore placed third at 6'3-1/2 and a jump of 6'1-1/2 placed Matt Hassler fourth.

Morgan Leffel led a 1-2-3 finish in the women's triple jump. The junior jumped 33'7-1/4 to win by more than a foot over teammate Mackinsey Marquith who sailed 32'5. Jae Moore placed third at 32'1-1/2.

Wells won the men's triple jump with a leap of 431, just a half inch ahead of teammate Nick Wright.

Mike Blodgett came away with a win in the long jump. His distance of 21'0-3/4 bested teammate Nick Law who jumped 20'7-1/4 to finish second.

Peyton Lumzy and Paul Terpening each logged PRs in the men's weight throw. Lumzy took first with a throw of 53'2-3/4 and Terpening was fifth with a personal best 48'4-1/2. Lumzy also placed second in the men's shot with a distance of 47'10-1/2.

Brock McAnally rounded out the winners in the field events, clearing 14'3 to win the pole vault by nearly two feet.

The Scots also had solid performances on the track as they won all four relay events.

Moore, Leffel, Lierman and Kanisha Lampkin clocked a 1:52.49 to win the women's 4x200-meter relay. Lierman, Leffel and Widdop were joined by Rachel Bowden to break the tape in the 4x400 with a winning time of 4:18.01. Lindsie Pettie, Brittney Frazier, Katie Staab and Marlee Lane placed second in 4:31.59.

The men's 4x200 relay team of Blodgett, Saidu Sesay, Kyle Prout and Shane Reschke ran a 1:33.07 to win the event by more than two seconds. Reschke, J.D. Holeman, Logan Hohl and Patrick Mundschenk won the 4x400 by less than a second in a time of 3:323.63.

Hohl added an individual first in the 400 dash. His time of 52.23 won by 15-hundredths. Reschke placed third in 52.40. Hohl narrowly missed making the provisional qualifying time in the 55 hurdles where he was second. The junior logged a 7.77 in the prelims, just three one-hundredths off the qualifying standard. He ran an 8.10 in the finals.

Sesay and Prout led a 1-2 finish in the men's 200. Sesay's winning time of 23.48 clipped Prout by 18-hundredths. The pair was 2-3 in the 55 dash. Sesay recorded a 6.67 and Prout a 6.79.

A pair of freshmen women placed in the top three of the 800. Frazier broke the tape in 2:36.69 and Lane was third in 2:42.65.

Moore took the remaining first place for the women. Her time of 27.21 in the 200 dash placed her first. She took second in the 55 dash at 7.62. Lierman was third in the 200 with a time of 28.48.

Monmouth's women were solid in the distance events. Bowden and Staab placed second and third in the mile. Bowden clocking a 5:37.18 and Staab a 5:39.32. Briana Flynn placed third in the 3,000 running an 11:43.24.

Monmouth will host the five-team Midwest Invitational Saturday at the Huff Athletic Center. Field events begin at 10:45.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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