Valley City State's men’s and women’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 women’s mile. Madavi’s day didn’t stop there: she took to the track one more time and pulled out a fourth-place finish in the women’s 3000-meter run.
The men’s team was not shy of great performances either, and the best race of the day came in the men’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. Engelhard’s performance in the 600-meter snagged him a fourth-place finish.
The sprinters had a good day on the men’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 men’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.
“I’m very pleased with how the season went,” said head coach Ken Frenette. “We 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.”
Viking track and field opens their outdoor season at the Trojan Invitational in Madison, S.D. on March 29.