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Valley City State Track & Field opened the outdoor season at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday, from which sophomore Jessica Meland emerged with a school-record, 12th-place Hammer Throw toss of 44.85m (147 feet, 2 inches) that beat her former teammate, Amber Volanti, who set the old record in 2012.
Meland wasnâ€™t the only hammer thrower to have a great day: freshmen Mary Roscoe (29.79m; 97 feet, 9 inches) and Kate Roscoe (29.64m; 93 feet, 11 inches) find themselves on the Viking All-Time Performance List after respective sixth- and seventh-place finishes.
Sophomore Jenna Coghlanâ€™s best javelin toss of 33.80m (110 feet, 11 inches) earned a sixth-place finish. Coghlan said she wishes she could have thrown further, but was pleased that she was still able to place, adding that she, â€śhopes to bounce back next week at NDSU.â€ť
Leading the men was sophomore Malik Jackson with a second-place finish (34th overall) in his 4:19.42 1500m Run heat. Jackson also put down a 1:59.33 for 12th in the 800m Run.
The VCSU sprints crew pulled off a great race in the 4x100m relay for fourth place at 46.01, even after a poor first exchange. Freshman Niklas Ernst also picked up a fourth-place finish at 58.76 seconds in the 400m hurdles.
Next for VCSU are Saturdayâ€™s Dakota Duels at North Dakota State University.View more articles in: