Track teams excel at Platteville Invite

Alonzo Fuller

UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their excellent start to the outdoor season as they competed in the UW-Platteville Invitational Saturday. There were no team scores kept throughout the meet, but women’s head coach Ben Dorsey and men’s head coach Eamon McKenna said this meet was a buildup meet. “It’s all about getting marks for the conference and national meets,” Dorsey said. “It was more of a workout day, just giving the athletes a chance to just go out and compete. We’re still working on some stuff, but [the performances] were good for only being the second meet.” The day started off in the women’s shot put. Seniors Jecel Klotz and Melanie Brickner and sophomore Lizzy Abhold pulled in first, third and fourth place finishes. Klotz won the event with a throw of 14.66 meters, while Brickner placed third with a throw of 13.63 meters and Abhold right behind her with a throw of 13.01 meters. “The competition was tough with some very impressive tosses,” Klotz said. They also competed in the discus. Klotz placed seventh with a throw of 40.09 meters. Brickner hit a mark of 35.99 meters, and Abhold threw 31.76 meters. “I had a college lifetime [personal record] in the discus, and an outdoor season best so far,” Klotz said. Brickner placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 51.77 meters. “It was a tough meet with a lot of national and conference qualifiers,” Brickner said. “It was set up to be a very competitive day.” In the 100-meter dash, junior Ashley Holicek ran in the semifinals with a time of 12.95 seconds. “There were three rounds of the race,” Dorsey said. “This early in the season, it’s not worth running that many races. We chose not to run some girls in the finals.” Freshman Emily Reichenberger placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.70 seconds. Alesha Malueg also competed, with a time of 26.64 seconds. Junior Caitlyn McCormick was right behind her with a time of 26.70 seconds. McCormick placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.68 seconds, with Malueg placing eighth with a time of 1 minute and .54 seconds. The 5000-meter run saw a sweep with four women placing first through fourth. Junior Danica Harrison won the race with a time of 19:33.83 seconds. Freshman Cheyenne Moore was behind her with a time of 19:34.16 seconds. Junior Leah Rendflesh placed behind her with a time of 19:38.66 seconds. Sophomore Erica Munyan placed with a time of 19:51.82 seconds. Junior Taylor Sherry placed fourth n the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.59 seconds. Senior Samantha Blue placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.38 meters, with Sherry behind her with a leap of 5.24 meters. “There were good performances with how heavy training has been,” Blue said. “We’re looking forward to what the next few weeks bring as far as performances.” “I thought it was a good meet overall,” McKenna said. “It was tough, considering that it was only the second meet of outdoor. There were some good things.” Junior Naji Allan qualified for the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 10.68 seconds, but there was no final race. “When there’s a certain number of competitors, the NCAA enforces that the race goes to more than two heats,” McKenna said. “Essentially, none of the coaches wanted their guys in the finals.” Allan said the start was promising. “It was a good start to the season for our team and individually,” Allan said. Senior Brian Beaudo placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.97 seconds, with freshman Kallen Bentz placing eighth with a time of 49.40 seconds. Senior Reid Zanoya also competed with a time of 49.96 seconds. “They had nice races for us,” McKenna said. Freshman Roberto Lara placed fourth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:54.93 seconds, with senior Kenny Halloran placing seventh with a time of 3:57.51 seconds and freshman Joe Zack competing with a time of 4:2.84 seconds. “I thought it was a good beginning to the outdoor season considering it was my first race since nationals,” Lara said. “There’s still plenty of work to do to get to where I think we can be.” Sophomore Danny Trimner placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.06 seconds, with freshman Garrison Griest placing eighth with a time of 57.38 seconds. Junior Zachary Baehman placed second in the shot put with a throw of 17.15 meters, while senior Nick Grosskopf placed fifth with a throw of 16.28 meters. “He stood out and had a great throw,” McKenna said. “That should get him into nationals.” Senior Mike Heinz placed third in the discus with a throw of 48.95 meters. The Titans will continue competition at the Esten Challenge at UW-La Crosse this Friday at 4 p.m.