CMU Track and Field Competes at Prairie Fire Invitational
GALESBURG, IL -- Central Methodist women's pole vaulter Stephanie Atkinson tied the a school record in her event Saturday, highlighting a busy day for the Eagle women's and men's track and field teams in the Prairie Fire Invitational hosted by Knox College.
Saturday marked the first meet of the indoor season for Central Methodist. Atkinson's pole vault of 3.2 meters tied Central Methodist's indoor record, set by Lizz Platt in 2003.
Also on the women's side, the Eagles' Kate Fulton won the high jump after clearing 1.6 meters. Fulton is a two-time All-American in the event. Lexie Wilt won the shot put with a toss of 12.52 meters.
The Eagles' Kaitlyn Emig finished second in the 60 meter hurdles in 9.97 seconds.
In men's action, the Green and Black claimed the top spot in nine events Saturday, including the top two spots in the 800 meter run. Bryan Groeper won the event in 2:05.68, while Corey Schoene was second after crossing the finish line in 2:07.80.
Bryan Lechner and Austin Boedeker placed first and second, respectively, in the 60 meter hurdles. Lechner won with a time of 9.10 seconds. Boedeker posted a finish of 10.03 seconds. Lechner also won the long jump with a leap of 6.60 meters.
The 4x200 meter relay team of Cameron Blanton, Marcus Lavergne, Derek Musgrove and Colton Carrier took the top spot with a time of 1:35.08. The 4x400 relay team of Lechner, Lavergne, Schoene and Groeper also placed first overall in 3:40.46.
Musgrove also took first in the triple jump with a mark of 12.71 meters.
Dilan Simons placed first in the shot put with a toss of 14.79 meters and weight throw with a mark of 14.60 meters.
Kiefer Smith won the pole vault after clearing 4.4 meters.
Dakota Jones earned a second place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.01 seconds.
Central Methodist takes its full squad for the first time this season to the Snowbird Open on Saturday, Jan. 19. The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. CT.
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