Track teams shine under the lights

The Duhawks competed in the Spartan Twilight Meet last Friday at the University of Dubuque. As the penultimate meet before the Iowa Conference championships at Simpson College this weekend, it was a very important evening to prepare lineups for relays and events for this weekend. Despite the pressure, the Duhawks shined under the lights.

Senior Josh Goerdt took first place in the 400-meter dash with an impressive time of 47.79. With that time, he is currently ranked first in the conference right in front of  Loras’ own, junior Stedman Foster. This duo along with senior Zac Gassman and junior Zach Frey also took first in the 4×400-meter relay over St. Norbert’s. They ran a time of 3:14.10, their fastest time yet. They are currently first in the conference in the 4×400.

First-year Gerrand Moody placed third in the 110-meter high hurdle event with a time of 15.33. This places him eighth in the conference.
In the high jump event, junior Keontae Neely took fourth place overall with a height of 1.86 meters. This was high enough to place him 9th overall in the conference this weekend.

Junior Devan Kennedy and first-year Hunter Dunlap dominated in the pole vault. Going 1-2, Kennedy cleared the height of 4.45 meters while Dunlap finished at 4.30 meters. They sit in second and fifth in the conference, respectively.

In the hammer throw, senior Nathan Maiers set a mark of 49.05 meters, taking second in the event. He is now fourth going into the conference.

Junior Jake Brock, who ran a personal record of 57.57 in the 400-meter hurdle race, took first place with junior Evan Rossing right behind him in second place. Their marks were 52.24 meters and 52.01 meters, respectively. They moved to fourth and fifth in the conference with those throws.

On the women’s side, sophomore Alexis Hanson impressed once again taking first place in the 400-meter with a time of 58.65. This time pushes her into eighth place in the conference, with the competition in front of her less than a second ahead.

In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Elizabeth Brandenburg won with a time of 14.53. She now sits in second place. She looks to take home the win this time, after she finished second place at the indoor conference earlier this year. Brandenburg also competed in the pole vault. Last week, at the Dr. Tucker Open at Loras, she broke the school record of 11 feet, 11.75 inches with a vault of 12 feet, 0.75 inches. She broke her record again this weekend with a vault of 12 feet, 4 inches. She is ranked first in the conference with a large margin over the competition.

Senior Emily Sotelo put in a solid second place performance in the 400-meter hurdles running a time of 1:05.72. This pushed her into fourth place in the conference.

Other impressive performances for the night included senior Ashley Wenthold in the 800-meter run. She set a personal record of 2:24.68 and placed third in the event. First-year John Stoppelman ran uncontested in the 5,000-meter run. With the help of volunteer assistant coach and Loras alum Dan McDermott, Stoppelman was able to run a personal record of 16:43.

The performers of the meet this week were Josh Goerdt for the men’s track performer, Jake Brock for the men’s field, Ashley Wenthold and Alexis Hanson for women’s track, and Elizabeth Brandenburg for women’s field.

The Duhawks head to Simpson College for their conference meet this weekend. With most of the Duhawks pushing into the top-8 in their events, the Duhawks hope to perform at the best of their abilities to help the team bring home a conference championship.

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