At the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point “Last Chance Invitational” this past weekend, it truly was the last chance for any of the individual athletes to punch their ticket to the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.
There will be 16 women from the Iowa Conference making the trip to the national meet, but unfortunately no Duhawks will make the trip this year.
First-year Abby Davis earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash with an impressive time of 7.84 seconds, but even that was not quick enough to get her a spot into the NCAA meet.
With no female athletes headed to North Central College for the national meet, it marks the end of indoor season for the Duhawks, but the women still can take some positives from their fourth-place finish at the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships.
Bouncing back from a successful basketball season, junior Katie Langmeier placed first in the high jump, while senior Caitlin Groeper placed third in the high jump, earning both of them All-Conference honors.
Earning the Iowa Conference title in the pole vault was senior Rachel Kolbeck, who vaulted over 11 feet to win the event. Also earning All-C onference honors were first-year Alexxe Richer, who finished third, and junior Emily Roth, who placed fourth.
Sophomore Morgan Steere earned All-Conference honors in the shot put, placing third with a throw just short of 40 feet. Steere also placed fifth in the weight throw.
Sophomores Shay Coleman and Mercedez Kennedy scored for the Duhawks in the triple jump, placing sixth and seventh, respectively. Junior Laura Wondra earned All-Conference honors in the long jump with her 17-foot effort, which was good for second place
Wondra also participated in the pentathlon, where she finished fourth overall. She placed first in the 55-meter hurdles and in the long jump, and she was second in the 800-meter run.
To add to her impressive first season, first-year Abby Davis placed third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.33 seconds. Davis also ran the 200-meter dash, placing sixth with a time of 26.53 seconds.
Also scoring in the 200 was first-year Bre Powers, who placed eighth. Sophomore Bri Richardson finished sixth in the 400-meter dash.
Davis, Richardson, Powers and Wondra placed fourth in the 4×200 meter relay. The 4×800 meter relay, made up of Katie Flogel, Kellie Wagner, Becky Hilby and Amanda Runde, placed fifth with a time of 10:07.73 seconds.
Flogel, Wagner and Hilby, joined by first-year Melissa Kroll combined to finish third in the distance medley relay.
Coach Bob Schultz noted that there also were many personal records turned in at the Iowa Conference Championships.
“Except for one or two events, we met or exceeded our goals, so we couldn’t have done much more than that,” Schultz said. “The men and women’s teams have close to a month before outdoor season begins. Initially a little rest, then work hard, with some weekends off.”
The Duhawks open their outdoor season with the Alumni Meet at the Rock Bowl on March 16.