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Scots' Longtime Track Record Falls
One of Monmouth College's oldest outdoor track and field records fell last weekend as the Fighting Scots competed at the 25-team Washington University Invitational in St. Louis where the women placed first and the men second.

Senior Dan Higgins eclipsed the school's javelin record - set by his coach, Roger Haynes in 1982 - with a toss of 208'7. The mark bested the previous record by nearly three feet and won the event by more than 30'. Higgins effort also automatically qualified him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships where his throw ranks as the third-best in the country. Sean Wells placed eighth in the javelin at 1598.

Gloria Lehr picked up three firsts for the women, including a win in the javelin. Her throw of 127'2 was a personal-best and less than a foot from the provisional mark. Heather Hull and Amanda Streeter finished 6-7 with marks of 109'0 and 102'7, respectively.

Lehr, Streeter and Allison Devor finished 1-2-3 in the shot put. Lehr was just 4" shy of the provisional mark with a throw of 42'0. Streeter put the shot 39'2-1/2 and Devor had a 37'10-3/4 effort.

Lehr's third win was in the discus where she reached 133'7 to win by more than 10'. Streeter placed seventh with a throw of 108'7. Lehr's winning streak ended in the hammer throw where her effort of 145'8 placed her third, just 4' out of first. Streeter was sixth at 135'6 and Devor unleashed a personal-best 131'3 to place eighth.

Two men made provisional marks in two other field events. Brock McAnally cleared 155 in the pole vault to win the event. His mark equaled his career-best and provisionally qualified him for the national meet. Jeremy Henkins was fourth at 13'5-1/4. Whitney Didier won the women's pole vault with a career-high 11'3-3/4.

Nick Byom provisionally qualified in the high jump. His height of 6'8-3/4 was a personal-best and equaled the winning height. Wells cleared a career-best 6'6-3/4 to take fourth. Matt Hassler and Tyler Hannam were 7-8 after each cleared 6'4-3/4.

Luke Reschke made a triumphant return to the outdoor season. After missing last spring's season, Reschke ran to a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.19 to win by nearly a full second. Younger brother, Shane Reschke, was eighth in 51.63.

A pair of personal-bests for two women's 800 runners. Lindsie Pettie turned in a 2:21.02 to place third and Rachel Bowden was fifth n 2:21.89.

MacKinsey Marquith and Morgan Leffel placed 4-5 in the long jump. Marquith soared a career-best 17'5-1/2 and Leffel's best was 17'4. Marquith also placed eighth in the triple jump at 34'4-1/4.

Mike Blodgett and Nick Law finished 6-7 in the men's long jump. Blodgett's mark was 21'6-1/4 and Law leaped 21'5-1/2. Blodgett was second in the triple jump by less than 4" with a mark of 45'1. Wells was sixth at 43'5-3/4.

Peyton Lumzy took fourth in the hammer throw with a personal-best 151'10 and fourth in the shot put at 47'0-1/4. Sam Cokinos placed sixth in the shot at 46'6. Lumzy was also sixth in the discus at 142'5.

Chelsea Widdop took a pair of seventh-place finishes. She high jumped 5'1 and ran a 1:10.24 in the 400-meter hurdles. Jae Moore also recorded a seventh-place finish in the 200 dash when she clocked a 26.31. Saidu Sesay was eighth in the men's 200 with a time of 22.43. Bri Flynn ran a personal-best in the steeplechase. Her time of 12:38.93 placed her sixth.

Kyle Prout joined Blodgett and the Reschkes to take third in the 4x400 relay. Their time of 3:23.51 was just a half-second out of second place.

Two of Monmouth's women's 4x400 relay teams scored points. Bowden, Widdop, Pettie and Aron Jackson clocked a 4:11.84 to finish fifth. Didier, Keli Jo Hinkle, Bethany Corbin and Lexi Frakes placed seventh in 4:17.71.

Marquith, Moore, Leffel and Kaci Lierman placed sixth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 50.49.

The Scots run Saturday at the Lee Calhoun Meet in Macomb.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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