MONMOUTH, Ill. – Sophomore Nathaniel Marshall’s personal best in the hammer throw highlighted a busy Saturday (May 5) for Western Illinois track and field. Mostly track athletes competed at the Wisconsin Open while the throws team participated in Monmouth College’s Fighting Scots Invitational.
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Marshall, a native of Bushnell, Ill., won the men’s hammer throw with a personal best effort of 192-02, which ranks third in program history and second in The Summit League. Senior Paul Hames placed second in the event (178-11) and also won the men’s discus throw (157-06).
Senior Brayden Sherrick placed third in the men’s shot put (49-01.00) and fifth in the discus throw (147-04). Junior Tyler Lippert set a personal best (169-09) while placing third in the hammer throw.
Junior Dana LaRue won the women’s shot put with a season-best effort of 48-02.00, which ranks third in The Summit League. Senior Lizzy Jones placed second in the discus throw (137-03) and fifth in the hammer throw (163-09). With a toss of 167-09, senior Jessica Ortega finished third in the women’s hammer throw.
Senior Nichole Manning, Western Illinois’ record holder in the pole vault, won the event Saturday by clearing a season-best height of 12-03.50, which ranks seventh in The Summit League. With a leap of 38-04.25, freshman Megan McGlone won her second straight women’s triple jump competition.
Senior Jordan Liles set a personal best in the 200-meter dash (22.78) and won his fourth javelin throw event of the season (173-05). His brother, Jeffrey Liles, placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.53.
Sophomore Kirsten Bryant placed third in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 25.18, which ranks eighth fastest in the conference. By clearing a height of 5-03.25, junior Talisa Watson finished third in the women’s high jump. In the women’s javelin throw, senior Megan Wyffels placed fourth with a toss of 104-11 while junior Danielle Gunn finished fifth in the women’s long jump (16-07.00).
Freshman Mark Holt placed second in the men’s 5,000-meter run (15:31.63) and sophomore Zach Glasebrook finished fourth in the men’s long jump (21-06.25). Other personal bests include sophomore Zach Wiedeman (1,500-meter run - 3:57.38) and freshman Lydia Smith (1,500-meter run - 4:46.46).
Western Illinois is back in action when the Fighting Leathernecks travel to Fargo, N.D. for the 2012 Summit League Outdoor Championships. The three-day event, hosted by North Dakota State, begins Thursday (May 10) at the Ellig Sports Complex.
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