On Saturday, the men’s and women’s track-and-field team opened its season at the Battle of the Bluff meet at the University of Dubuque. Clarke University also competed in the meet, making it an early season showdown among city athletes.
The Duhawks had nine first place finishes which pushed the lady Duhawks into first place with 54 points. Sophomore sprinter Gabrielle Noland ran the winning time of 7.27 for the women’s 55-meter dash in addition to her victory in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.5. Noland’s time in the 200 is currently ranked second in the NCAA Division III record book.
Junior sprinter and jumper Bella Solis also won a few events of her own. Solis earned the first place finish in the open 400m dash with a time of 1:00.53 which is currently the eighth-best finish in the Division III NCAA. She also won high jump with a top mark of 1.68 meters. Solis’ top mark is currently ranked second in the country for NCAA Division III.
The women’s team also took home first place in the 1,600-meter relay. The team consisted of senior Alyssa Simon, sophomore Alexis Alt, Noland and Solis. Their finishing time was 4:06.40 which is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III.
The men’s team earned two first place finishes. One in the open 800m run by senior runner Kylian Lally who ran a time of 1:58.48 which ranks second in the country for NCAA Division III. The other first place finish comes from the 1,600m relay as well which consisted of sophomores Shamari Scott, Tyson Morrison, Patrick Mikel and Lally.
Despite a UD runner tripping in front of Scott, the team was able to recover and earn a time of 3:28.85, which is currently ranked eighth in NCAA Division III. The combined men’s and women’s team totaled 89 points, which was enough to earn second place.