Dollison Takes Home Triple Jump Crown in Final Day of Jack Jennett Invite
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 02/01/2014
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CEDAR FALLS - Davin Dollison's Triple Jump led the way for the Leathernecks at the final day of the Jack Jennet Invite.

"D.J. was on the podium outdoors last season and now he's catching up to where he needs to be," said head coach David Beauchem.

Dollison adds to Western's field performances on the weekend, which began with Nathaniel Marshall finishing second in Friday's (Jan. 31) weight throw.

Glenn Powell continued to improve his time in the 60-meter hurdles, this time crossing the line in 8.02 seconds. Powell's time is second in The Summit League. Justin Kilpatrick finished second in the 60-meter dash, .04 second off his season best. Michael Castel added a top-three performance in the mile with a time of 4:17.38.

"Glenn Powell had a big step forward in the hurdles," Beauchem said. It was a pretty significant life-time best. Nathaniel had a pretty significant mark last night. It was his second or third best in his career but it was his most consistent meet he's had here at Western."

Tyler Younkin (200-meters), Matt Leal (400-meters), Josh Thomas (400-meters) and Justin Herbert (shot put) were also top performers for the men.

Chelsea Lynes led the way for the women. Lynes finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:14.56. Chelsea added to Megan McGlone's performance in the pentathlon on the first day of the event.

"Chelsea was the leader for the women's side," Beauchem added. "She really stepped up and led the women's team. We had a couple of kids who were under the weather. Megan set herself up for having a chance to be on the podium in the conference meet in the pentathlon. She's really raw in the event so there's a lot of room for improvement. For that to be her opening mark is pretty good. Her and Chelsea both showed all-conference potential this weekend."

Phyllis George (600-meters) and Sheila Grant-Shaffer (shot put) were also top performances for Western Illinois.

"This was weekend was a lot more depth in the competition," Beauchem said. "It provided us with a Summit League-like level of depth. It was really good level of competition to face team-wise. Right now we have three or four key women and five or six guys that are showing their weekly improvement. We have a couple on both sides that we need to get healthy and keep healthy. With four weeks until the conference meet, we have to be ready to go by then. We're really a head of where we thought we'd be though."

The Leathernecks travel to Carbondale, Ill. next weekend (Feb. 7) as the second half of the indoor season begins.

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