Strong showing at Loras Midweek Invite hopefully will propel the Duhawks this spring
Duhawk track and field opened up the outdoor season at home with the Easter Midweek Invite on March 23. The Duhawks posted dominating wins on both the men’s and women’s side, with the men winning by 84 points an
d the women winning by an astounding 189.
On the men’s side, sophomore Patrick Mikel picked up where he left off in the indoor season, posting a 47.72 in the 400 meter dash, a new personal best. To follow up that performance, senior Kylian Lally won the men’s 800 in 1:55.14, and senior Mason Tope continued his dominance in the 5k as he posted a 14:34.73, an 18-second personal best and a new stadium record. The Loras 4×400 relay team consisting of senior Andrew O’Neill, first-year Connor Otting, Lally, and Mikel posted a first place finish in 3:26.70, picking right up from their national appearance.
On the women’s side, sophomore Terrianna Black got off to a hot start with a first place finish in the 200 meter dash. Sophomore Gabrielle Noland followed up that performance with a first place finish in the 400, running a 59.6. Junior Molly Walkner posted a first place finish in the 800, and first-year Kassie Rosenbaum continued Loras’ success in distance events by winning the 5k in 18:31.67.
The hurdles were good to the Duhawks as well, with first-year Bailey Vance winning the 100 meter hurdles, and Bella Solis winning the 400 meter hurdles. In the field, junior Taylor Dooley won both the pole vault and javelin throw, while sophomore Elyse Acompanado and junior Esther Johnson took first in their respective events as well.
After the Spring Break, Loras traveled to Cornell College to participate in the Mount Vernon Invite. Both the men and the women posted solid third place finishes, with the women finishing only 18 points behind rival Dubuque.
On the men’s side, Shamari Scott posted a win for the Duhawks with his 400 meter dash victory. Scott posted another one of the best finishes for the Duhawks, placing third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.88. Lally was responsible for the other Loras victory, taking first in the men’s 800 meter with a time of 1:56.89. Mikel continued his impressive season with the Duhawks as he nabbed a third place finish in a tight 800 meter field, right behind Lally.
On the women’s side, Noland continued her reign of dominance as she won both the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash. In the 200, she notched a 26.52, and in the 400 she registered a new personal best, becoming the 7th fastest women’s 400 meter runner in school history as well as putting her in 22nd in Division III competition. Solis won the women’s 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.83, making that her second victory in a row in the 400 hurdles. Sophomore Alexis Alt won the women’s pole vault with a height of 3.05m while Acompanado continued the women’s field success by winning the long jump for the second time in a row, with her distance putting her 43rd overall in Division III.
The Duhawks are picking up right where they left off in the indoor season. Both teams look strong, with multiple athletes already setting personal bests as we enter the outdoor season. This Saturday, April 14, the Duhawks will be competing at the UW-Platteville Invitational.