WWU Track Teams Sweep AMC Outdoor Championships
FAYETTE, MO -- Picking up where they left off in the indoor season, the William Woods University men's and women's track and field teams swept the American Midwest Conference championships on Friday at the CMU Invitational. The women's team tallied 76 points, edging out Hannibal-LaGrange University's 73 points and landing seven points clear of Park University's 69.
The men ran away with the championship, scoring 109 points to Missouri Baptist University's 75.Nick Zink posted a pair of school record times in the long sprints, opening with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.98 - third-fastest in WWU history - with Kyle Konigsberg finishing in 23.27. Tanner Edwards and Cal Hawkins posted times of 23.33 and 23.87 respectively in the event.
Zink added another third-best school mark in the 400, taking top honors with a time of 48.57. Jonathan Williams took third with a time of 50.26, with Edwards finishing fourth with a 50.43. Williams also picked up a second-place finish in the 800, clocking a 1:59.83 in the event. Jordan Fleming and Jacob Grass clocked times of 2:04.61 and 2:05.08 respectively, with Cody Kern rounding out the Owls contingent in the 800 with a 2:08.83.
And although he missed the top-five school records, Konigsberg picked up a third-place finish for WWU in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 11.41 in the event. Robert Williams (St. Louis, Mo.) and Hawkins also competed in the event, posting times of 11.53 and 11.69 respectively.
Ryan Meyer also collected a pair of top-five times for WWU, collecting a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:06.45 - fifth-fastest all-time - before recording a 15:21.04 in the 5,000, the third-fastest time in WWU history for the event. Grass also pointed for the Owls in the 1,500 with a 4:15.19, while Corey Samples and Reid Schmit posted times of 16:22.55 and 17:16.60 respectively in the 5,000.
Samples was also one of three Owls competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kern posted the fastest time in the event for WWU at 10:25.22, with Samples clocking a 10:41.50. Zach Bryant posted a time of 11:18.35 in the event.
The Owls were solid in the relays, claiming top spot in two of the three distances on the afternoon. Edwards, Jonathan Williams, Fleming and Zink clocked a 3:21.93 in the 4x400, finishing 12 seconds ahead of second-place Park University, with the team of Meyer, Kern, Grass and Bryant outpacing the next competitor in the 4x800 by better than a minute, clocking a time of 8:32.65. Edwards, Hawkins, Robert Williams and Konigsberg posted a time of 43.34 in the 4x100 to take second place in the league.
In the field events, Matt Brumit got the Owls off to a solid start with a second-place finish in the high jump as he posted a height of 1.95m (6-4 3/4). He also took third in the long jump, with his leap of 6.12m (20-1) good for third-best in the WWU record books. Tyler Grier posted a best effort of 6.04m (19-9 3/4) to take fourth in the event. Robert Williams nearly hit the six-meter mark as well, with a leap of 5.93m (19-5 1/2), with Hawkins just a centimeter behind at 5.92m (19-5 1/4). Brumit added a gold in the triple jump, with his effort of 13.78m (45-2 1/2) outpacing the field by nearly a full meter.
The Owls also put up a dominating showing in the throws, sweeping the shot put. Alonzo Findley posted a best effort of 14.35m (47-1), with Seth Thompson just shy of that mark with a distance of 14.16m (46-5 1/2). Austin Wilson bested his nearest competitor by more than a meter with a mark of 13.00m (42-8).
Findley and Wilson went 1-2 in the discus throw as well, with Findley posting a distance of 43.61m (143-1) - fourth-best in school history - to claim top honors. Wilson posted an effort of 38.97m (127-10) to take second in the event, with Thompson taking fourth in the event with a mark of 38.25m (125-6).
Thompson turned it around in the hammer throw, besting the field by better than four meters with a throw of 45.34m (148-9). Findley was also over the 40-meter mark, taking third with a mark of 40.15m (131-9). Grier took fourth with a mark of 38.96m (127-10), with Wilson claiming fifth at 37.12m (121-9).
Wilson and Findley also collected points for the Owls in the javelin throw, with efforts of 41.44m (135-11) and 41.20m (135-2) respectively.
On the women's side, Ciara Tatum set a new school record in the 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 27.84 into a stout headwind (4.1 m/s). Brianna Johnson also faced a headwind in her heat, recording a time of 28.04 into a 3.1 m/s wind. Johnson also posted a mark of 13.67 in the 100-meter dash for the Owls.
Tatum also added a school top-five time in the 400 for WWU, picking up the second-fastest time in school history with a mark of 1:00.30. Amelia Wallace also picked up points for the Owls, with a fourth-place time of 1:01.71.
Cheryl Held also posted a school top-five time for the Owls, notching a time of 18:41.26 in the 5,000-meter run. She also led the way for WWU in the 1,500, with her time of 5:11.74 the best of the Owls runners and third-best among her AMC competitors. Richelle Perkins clocked a 5:59.18 in the event with Jordan Locke posting a time of 6:20.32.
Also collecting a record time for WWU was Alex Apperson, posting the second-fastest time in school history in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 17.74. Apperson paced WWU in the 800-meter run, taking top honors in the league with a time of 2:23.12. Jessi Zink posted a time of 2:32.12 in the event, with Heather Vreeland notching a time of 2:41.35. Perkins and Jordan Locke also took part, recording times of 2:59.32 and 3:09.35 respectively.
Rounding out the running events, the WWU 4x100-meter relay team of Apperson, Tatum, Zink and Johnson came up just short of the school record with a time of 51.91 in the event. Apperson, Wallace, Tatum and Johnson clocked a 4:07.09 in the 4x400, with Vreeland, Locke, Perkins and Zink collecting a 11:26.31 in the 4x800.
The Owls collected gold medal points in five of the eight field events on the women's side, led by three top marks from Loesch. Loesch claimed top marks in the shot put, with a heave of 11.24m (36-1 1/2), with Madeline Emme adding an effort of 9.27m (30-5). Jenna Brown also recorded a mark of 8.35m (27-4 3/4).
Loesch also took top honors in the discus throw, with her heave of 33.49m (109-10) fourth best in school history. Brown took second in the event with a distance of 32.70m (107-3), with Morgan Bauer also recording a 23.41m (76-10) effort in the event.
Loesch and Brown also went 1-2 in the hammer throw, with Loesch boasting the second-furthest throw in school history with a 41.12m (134-11) effort. Brown was just shy of the 40-meter mark, with her throw of 39.88m (130-10) good for third-best in the WWU record books.
Whitney Burton collected two gold-medal finishes in the field events, needing just a 1.55m (5-1) leap to best the league. She led the way in the triple jump as well, with a mark of 9.97m (32-8 1/2), with Apperson posting a best leap of 9.84m (32-3 1/2) to garner points as well.
The Owls saw another top-five mark in the long jump, as Emme posted a 4.81m (15-9 1/2) leap, fourth-best in the WWU books. Burton came in at 4.63m (15-2 1/4) while Tatum added a leap of 4.02m (13-2 1/4) to grab points for WWU as well.
Bauer and Brown also competed in the javelin throw, with Bauer taking third with a mark of 29.50m (96-9) to take points, with Brown posting a mark of 17.94m (58-10) in the event.
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