Relay teams gear up for Drake Relays

This past weekend, the men’s and women’s track-and-field teams got another taste of top-notch competition when they competed at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.

The women’s team finished fifth out of eight teams, finishing with 127 points, just three points behind conference rival Luther.

Junior Katie Langmeier placed first in the high jump, while senior Caitlin Groeper placed second. Langmeier is currently ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III as well as being the top-ranked high-jumper in the Iowa Conference.

First-year Abby Davis won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.97 seconds. Finishing fifth, sixth, and seventh for Loras in the 100-meter dash were first-year Brittnee Powers and seniors Molly Sieverdin and Molly Pilcher.

Davis, Powers and Pilcher along with sophomore Bri Richardson also teamed up to win the women’s 4×100-meter relay with a time of 49.84 seconds.

Sophomore Emily Sotelo finished second and third in her races at Augustana. Sotelo placed second in the 400-meter hurdles and finished third in the 100-meter hurdles. Another hurdler, sophomore Kayla Balke, finished fifth in 400-meter hurdles.

The Duhawks’ 4×400-meter relay placed second with a time of 4:03 minutes.

First-years Bri Cook and Maggie Saenz-Ruiz both took home fifth-place finishes: Cook competed in the 5,000-meter run and Saenz-Ruiz competed the 10,000-meter run.

Junior Kirsten Schultz finished third in the javelin throw, and senior Rachel Kolbeck placed fourth in the pole vault.

Meanwhile, as a team, the men’s team finished ninth among 10 teams. Sophomore Steve Loran placed fifth out of 30 plus runners in the 10,000-meter run. First-year Sam Whan finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run.

Junior Josh Goerdt placed fourth out of 40 runners in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.23 seconds. Goerdt also competed in the 4×100- and 4×400-meter dash relays, which finished sixth and fifth, respectively.

Junior Michael Meersman placed third in the javelin throw with a throw of 169.65 feet.

Warmer weather could not have come any sooner for the men and women’s track and field teams.

“This was our best weather for the outdoor season and it showed in the results as both the men and women had a lot of PRs (personal records,” said Coach Bob Schultz.

The Duhawks qualified three relay teams to compete at Drake Relays this weekend in Des Moines: the women’s 4×200-meter relay and the men’s 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays.

As of Tuesday, the team was waiting for confirmation on who would be running in the 4×100 and 4×400. For the 4×100, it is expected that first-years Nick Ball, Zach Frey, junior Josh Goerdt, and either sophomore Kyle Ward or senior Sean Lewis will be running. In the 4×400, it would be Frey, Goerdt, sophomore Zac Gassman, and first-year Stedman Foster or Nick Ball.

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