(VCSU Athletics) Freshman hurdle specialist Alicia VanSweringen set a new school record in the 60-meter high hurdles for the third time this season with a time of 10.45 seconds
Valley City State's menâ€™s and womenâ€™s track and field enjoyed a great end to the 2014 indoor season at Thursday's Bemidji State University (Minn.) Beaver Twilight.
Both teams put up some great performances, but freshman Alicia VanSweringen set a new school record in the 60-meter high hurdles for the third time this season with a time of 10.45 seconds. VanSweringen's record is almost a second faster than the previous record she set two weeks ago. Not only did she run well for the program and herself, but her time earned a fifth-place finish.
VanSweringen was not the only Viking to improve their mark on the VCSU all-time performance list: freshman weight thrower Mary Roscoe showed true form, heaving a toss of 10.38 meters (34 feet, .75 inches), and has moved up to fourth all-time in the event. Sophomore Jessica Meland also had some great tosses as well as she managed to throw 13.94 meters (45 feet, 9 inches). Although this was not a personal best throw, it was good enough for a solid fourth place finish in a very competitive field.
Rounding out the great day for the Lady Vikings, junior Monica Madavi and freshman Alexandra Cardenas ran well and were able to lock down respective sixth- and eighth-place finishes in the womenâ€™s mile. Madaviâ€™s day didnâ€™t stop there: she took to the track one more time and pulled out a fourth-place finish in the womenâ€™s 3000-meter run.
The menâ€™s team was not shy of great performances either, and the best race of the day came in the menâ€™s 3000-meter run. All five Viking runners in the event placed in the top 10: junior Richard Langdeaux led the group with his second-place finish, followed closely by freshman Austin Albrecht in third place. The rest of the group came in as follows: sophomore Misael Herrera in sixth place; sophomore Malik Jackson seventh place; senior Wayne Engelhard ninth. Jackson and Engelhard ran well in the 3000-meter but found their best performances coming in the 600-meter. Jackson won the event with a time of 1:26.28, and although he said he would have like to have run a faster time, he was happy with how smartly he ran the race. Engelhardâ€™s performance in the 600-meter snagged him a fourth-place finish.
The sprinters had a good day on the menâ€™s side as well: freshman Niklas Ernst achieved a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.44, which moved him up on the all-time performance list for the event to fourth. In the menâ€™s 60-meter dash, freshman Randy Hoang ended the indoor season with a personal-best 7.34 for fifth place. Senior Philip Reuer also found himself having a good day, even after just missing the finals in the 60-meter dash. Reuer achieved a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash to complete his final indoor season.
â€śIâ€™m very pleased with how the season went,â€ť said head coach Ken Frenette. â€śWe had two school records broken, many athletes made the all-time performance list, and every athlete truly gave it their all. This season has been a great stepping stone as we build for the future and the upcoming outdoor season.â€ť
Viking track and field opens their outdoor season at the Trojan Invitational in Madison, S.D. on March 29.
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