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Monmouth College Wins 11th and 9th Straight Conference Indoor Track Titles
The Monmouth College men's track team has gone where no Midwest Conference team has gone before, winning their 11th straight conference title. The Fighting Scots women aren't far behind, capturing their ninth consecutive league crown.

Monmouth's men and women ran away from the field in the two-day conference championships hosted by Knox College. Roger Haynes was named men's and women's Coach of the Year while throwers Gloria Lehr and Peyton Lumzy were selected as the Most Outstanding Field Event Performers for the women and men, respectively.

Four firsts in the field events propelled Monmouth's men's eleven-peat as conference champs. Peyton Lumzy threw personal-bests in both his throwing events. The junior won the weight throw with an improved provisional mark of 56'2 and he took second in the shot put at 51'3-1/2. Parker Woodall placed third in the weight and Josh Williams' personal-best throw of 48'7-1/4 placed him fourth, just an inch behind Woodall. Sam Cokinos launched a PR to take third in the shot at 50'0-1/2 and Woodall scored in fifth place.

Nick Byom and Tyler Hannam fashioned a 1-2 finish in the high jump and Sean Wells placed fourth. Byom and Hannam each cleared 6'8-3/4, but Byom was declared the winner on attempts despite Hannam's personal-best effort.

Wells was able to take first in the triple jump with a personal-best 44'6-1/4. The mark edged runner up Mike Blodgett by a quarter inch. Nick Wright scored in sixth place.

Brock McAnally successfully defended his conference pole vault title. The junior cleared 15' to win easily.

The Scots' remaining title came from Logan Hohl who also defended his league crown. Hohl clocked a provisional time in the finals of the 55-meter hurdles of 7.73 to win by more than a tenth-of-a-second. He also ran to a seventh-place finish in the 400.

Blodgett, Nick Wright and Nick Law bunched team points in the long jump where Blodgett took second, Wright fourth and Law was sixth.

Saidu Sesay equaled his personal-best in the 55 dash, clocking a 6.58 to place third. Kyle Prout was 12-hundredths back in fourth. Sesay also turned in a career time in the 200 dash to take third in 22.65. Prout scored in eighth place.

The Scots also picked up multiple points from Paul Davies who placed fourth in the mile and sixth in the 3,000. Jon Welty finished on Davies' heals in the 3K to place seventh. Patrick Mundschenk finished in seventh position in the 800 run and Geoff Bird took eighth in the 5,000.

Monmouth's relays scored big points. The 4x200 relay team of Sesay, Prout, Blodgett and Hohl was second with an honor roll time of 1:29.88. Hohl, Blodgett, Shane Reschke and Logan Weir took second in the 4x400 relay finishing just two seconds off the pace. Connor Shields, J.D. Holeman, Brian Daly and Davies formed the third-place distance medley relay team. The sprint medley placed sixth with Reschke, Weir, Tim Bentz and Matt Dawson.

Much like the men's team, the women's field events got the Scots off to a good start with three conference champions. Amanda Streeter and Gloria Lehr were each successful in defending their throwing crowns. Streeter's improved provisional mark in the weight throw led a sweep of the podium for the Scots. Her toss of 52'3-3/4 was just over a foot farther than runner up Lehr. Allison Devor completed the sweep in third with a PR of 495. Lehr took the top spot in the shot put with a provisional mark of 43'9-1/4. Devor placed third with a personal-best throw of 40'4-1/4 while Streeter placed fourth.

Sophomore MacKinsey Marquith soared a personal-best 17'2-3/4 to lead a 1-2 finish in the long jump. Chelsey Widdop place second and Morgan Leffel was fifth.

Leffel continued a busy weekend as she and Jae Moore scored to crucial points in the sprints. Moore placed second in the 55 dash just four-hundredths out of first and Leffel placed third. Moore clocked a personal-best 26.43 to take second in the 200 where Leffel was fifth. Moore clocked another PR in the 400 to place third in 1:00.88. Leffel took fifth and Kaci Lierman was sixth.

Three Scots made the finals of the triple jump. Leffel captured second, Marquith was fifth and Moore rounded out the trio in seventh.

Two freshman and a junior bunched points in the 800. Freshman Rachel Bowden captured second and classmate Aron Jackson clocked a career-best 2:26.99 to finish fourth, just in front of junior Lindsie Pettie in fifth.

A school record and a load of points in the Scots' distance events. Mary Kate Beyer and Katie Staab placed 3-4 in the 5,000 run. Beyer's time of 17:50.40 shattered her own school record by 30 seconds. The pair also scored big points in the 3,000. Beyer was third and Staab's career-best 10:55.64 placed her seventh. Bowden ran a PR of 5:18.63 to take fourth in the mile, Beyer was seventh.

Whitney Didier cleared a personal-best 10'11-3/4 in the pole vault to finish second. Leffel added another event to capture fourth in the vault.

Widdop and Sarah Stinson scored in the high jump. Each cleared 5'1-1/4, but Widdop was awarded fifth on attempts, Stinson tied for sixth. Widdop and Markie Bacon finished fourth and sixth in the 55 hurdles.

Three runner up finishes for the womens relays. Moore, Lierman, Jackson and Pettie took second in the sprint medley relay with a Monmouth honor roll time of 4:23.63. Moore, Leffel, Lierman and Widdop placed second in the 4x200 and the 4x400. Their 4x4 time of 4:07.88 was another honor roll time. Marlee Lane, Lexi Frakes, Brittney Frazier and Bri Flynn formed the sixth-place distance medley relay.

No team other than Monmouth has won a men's Midwest Conference Indoor crown since 2000, the women's unbeaten string began in 2002.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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