Track-and-field teams racing to the top

The track-and-field team competed last weekend in the Keck Invitational at Illinois Wesleyan University where the men finished in a close second overall while the women took fifth. Regardless, there were a number of personal records set as well as a new school record for the men.

On the women’s side in the field events, junior Sofia Lyskanowski threw a huge PR with the mark of 10.27 meters. This was her first throw over 10 meters as her best throw last year was only 9.89 meters. First year Savannah Nesvik also threw a PR of 9.53 meters. In the pole vault, junior Elizabeth Brandenburg just missed the indoor school record of 3.75 meters, taking first place with a 3.74 meter vault. It’s only a few inches shy of her All-American performance at the NCAA Division III Outdoors National meet last year as well. She and junior Audrey Hooks went second-third respectively in the 60 meter hurdles as well. Other outstanding performances from the Lady Duhawks on the track come from senior Brittnee Powers and first year Allie Serres. Powers had a lifetime PR of 8.03 seconds in her 60 meter dash. Serres became the fastest 800 meter runner on the team in her first 800 of her collegiate career with the time of 2:22.4. Junior Emily Day also ran a lifetime PR of 11:14 in the 5,000 meter run.

On the men’s side, first year Garrett Hammond has continued to improve his marks in both the shot put and weight throw. His marks of 11.75 meters in the shot put and 12.63 meters in the weight throw are both a meter over his performances at the Monmouth Invitational three weeks ago. Other exceptional performances include junior Nathan Kimbrell running an 8 second lifetime PR in the indoor mile with the time of 4:31.2. Sophomore Mason Tope and Senior John Paul Sevcik finished first and second in the men’s 5,000 meter run with times of 15:22 and 15:35. In the 60 meter hurdles, sophomore Gerrand Moody broke the previous school record of 8.44 seconds by a tenth of a second, and he took home the win in the finals of the hurdles. Finally, first year Jack Carroll won the mile with the time of 4:23.85, the fastest on the team right now.

“[It] has been going pretty well,” Carroll said when asked about his season. “I’ve won two races out of the three I’ve been in, and I’ve run two indoor personal bests already.”

During the J-term break, some of these Duhawks traveled to Florida and got the chance to see Olympians like LaShawn Merritt train as well as talk with them after practices.

“They discussed mentality with us and how they train and prepare for races,” Caroll said. “I learned a lot just from talking to them.”
“I’m personally aiming for breaking 4:20 in the mile and an All-Conference finish in the mile.” He also added, “On top of anything else my coach expects of me.” Finally, he had some words of encouragement for the rest of the team as the indoor season dwindles down: “Keep training hard and don’t lose focus. Trust the work you’ve put in and trust yourself.”

The coaches’ “Duhawks of the Day” at the Keck Invitational were Garrett Hammond for men’s field, Gerrand Moody for men’s track, Audrey Hooks for women’s track, and Elizabeth Brandenburg for women’s field.
The Duhawks compete this weekend at UW-Platteville on Saturday.

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