Track’s best makes mark at Division I meet

By Karl Striepe

In a rare opportunity to participate in a Division I meet, several members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Madison, Wisconsin last weekend to compete in the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational.

Making the most of the tougher competition, fourth-year Adeoye Mabogunje surpassed the Division III automatic qualifying standard in the triple jump (14.90 meters) with a leap of 15.01 meters to place fourth overall.

With that mark Mabogunje now stands first among all Division III competition in the triple jump.

Fourth-year Tom Haxton, who stands second in Division III in the 10K, also got a taste of Division I competition, finishing a distant 12th in the 1500-meter run, despite setting a new personal best of 3:57.70, three seconds faster than his previous mark. Haxton also moved up to fourth all-time in Chicago’s outdoor record book.

“There was quite a good race going on in front of me,” Haxton said. “It was odd not to be part of it, but enjoyable to watch nonetheless. I certainly had a front row seat.”

University of Wisconsin’s Chris Solinsky won the 1500-meter in a Division I Midwest Regional qualifying time of 3:43.90. Five other runners, three of them from UW, also bettered the regional standard of 3:48.21.

Third-year Brandon Halcott finished well in the sprinting events for the Maroons, placing 10th in the 100-meter dash in 11.35 seconds and 9th in the 200-meter dash in 22.69 seconds.

Also, first-year Mike Doll placed eighth in the 110-meter high-hurdles in 16.36 seconds and was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.25 seconds.

First-year Melissa Lopez had the best finish for the Maroons in the women’s meet, taking third in the long jump competition (4.97 meters).

Second-year Jessica Winter led the way in the running events, placing a very respectable sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.09, just missing the Division III provisional qualifying mark of 2:15.90.

First-years Nellie Movtchan and Trina Ruhland placed 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 200-meter dash with times of 27.54 and 27.59 seconds. Movtchan also placed seventh in the long jump competition.

Second-year Annie Sanders and fourth-year Hannah Benton placed 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 3000-meter steeplechase, with times of 10:56.30 and 11:03.02.

First-year Jackie Kropp rounded out the top women’s performances, finishing 10th in the 1500-meter run (4:59.10).

Both complete teams will compete again this Thursday and Friday at the Dr. Keller Invitational hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.