MTU - Four Track Records Reset in Weekend Competition
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The Michigan Tech track and field teams sent 10 athletes to UW-Platteville for an elite 5K competition Friday (Apr. 10) night, and all 10 ran personal best times. Six of the times were among Michigan Tech's top 10 all-time including new school records for both the men and women.
Deedra Irwin razed the previous record of 18:09.46 (held by Kristina Owen from 2006) by going 17:35.77. Emily Vigil posted a time of 18:20.91—the fourth-fastest in Tech history, while Sophia Farquhar and Noelle Savage posted PRs of 18:54.07 and 18:55.10, respectively.
Sean Pengelly continued his assault on the record books with his third school record performance of the year. He lowered his own mark in the 5,000 meters by nearly six seconds with a 14:31.64. Jason Saliga ran a 14:44.68 for the third-best effort in school history. Calvin Nitz's 14:46.86 was the fourth-best in Tech annals. Jani Lane posted a 15:00.05 for the Huskies' sixth-best mark ever. Bradon Kampstra and Dan Kulas were just off top-10 pace at 15:15.62 and 15:17.06, respectively.
"Ten athletes running and 10 lifetime bests. You can't ask for any better than that," said Joe Haggenmiller. "To see the women's record get lowered by more than 30 seconds and to have three guys go under 15 minutes when the school record at the start of the season was over 15 says a lot about the training and the job our assistant coaches are doing preparing the athletes"
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — The majority of Michigan Tech's track and field team competed at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Invitational on Saturday (Apr. 11), with several top 10 all-time performances and two school records coming out of the competition.
Both school marks came on the women's side, the most impressive being Lauren Raiford's 57.88 clocking in the 400 meters. That not only won the event, but shaved more than a second off the previous mark of 59.00 (Jessica Miron 2006).
Erika Poli matched her own school record in the pole vault by winning the event with a height of 10-11.75.
Jamie Dompier continued her strong sprinting with wins in both the 100 and 200 meters. Her 200 time of 25.68 was just three hundreths off her own school record. She clocked in at 12.88 in the 100.
Jenna Burns placed third in the shot put, but had the second best throw in Tech history with a 40-11 mark.
Long jumper Aimee Allen picked up a win with a distance of 17-4. Audra Thurston was third in the 400 hurdles with a 1:15.77 time.
The Huskies 4x400 team claimed the win with a 4:02.15 clocking—the fourth-best in school history.
The men were led by Jevon Maddox and Shane McGrath, who each won two events. McGrath posted wins in both hurdles events, completing the 110 meters in 16.17 seconds and the 400 hurdles in the third-best time in school history of 54.52—less than three tenths off the school record. Jacob Jarvis was second in the 110 hurdles at 16.27.
Maddox claimed the 200 meters and 400 meters titles with times of 22.95 and 49.36, respectively. Isaac Pringle went 50.24 in the 400 for third place.
Tech went 1-2-3 in the high jump with James Sutton (6-6.25), Mike Fisher (6-4.25) and Gabriel Wykle (5-10.5).
Throwers Michael Frahm and Kyle Petermann each placed first. Frahm tossed the shot 46-3.5 while teammate Marshall Sayles was second at 43-1. Petermann heaved the discus 140-0. Jonathan Vincent was second at 135-1.
Jake Jurkowski was Tech's other men's winner, clearing 14-3.25 in the pole vault. Other men to place in the top three were 1,500 meters competitors Kyle Hanson (2nd, 4:04.97) and Chad Pollock (3rd, 4:10.40); 800 meters runner Benjamin Kramka (3rd, 1:56.08); javelin throwers Casey Buckner (2nd, 148-4) and Zachary Klassen (3rd, 147-10) and Buckner in the long jump (2nd, 20-11).
"It was a solid day for us," said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. "The weather was a bit warmer than we've had the last two weeks, which probably helped.
"It was really good to see Lauren demolish the 400 record. We had quite a few other good performances to build on for next week."
Tech will travel to Grand Valley State next weekend (Apr. 17-18) for its final competition before the GLIAC Championships Apr. 29-May 1.