Men's Track Competes at Chicagoland championship
Last Saturday, the Men’s Outdoor Track and Field team went to the University of Chicago to compete in the Chicagoland Outdoor Championships, a large race for the team. Schools from NCAA as well as NAIA divisions raced in the area’s largest event. The beautiful weather was a pleasant change and helped some of the men run new personal records.
Freshman Tyler Haag represented the sprinters, running the 200m dash in a personal record time of 24.12 seconds. Haag also ran the 400m dash, along with freshman Colin McQuone, in 55.06 and 55.18 respectively, a personal record for McQuone.
Three Scarlet Hawks competed in the 800m race: juniors Ethan Montague and Kenny Murphy, and sophomore Phil Cano. Montague led with a personal record time of 2:01.87, followed by Murphy and Cano in 2:02.69 and 2:03.08 respectively. The trio also ran the 1500m race, in the same order, with times of 4:12.91, 4:13.72, and 4:15.47, all just shy of their bests.
In the distance events, freshman Sam Wietlispach led teammates Jeff Somerfield and Felipe Prada in the 5K race. Wietlispach came in at 16:30.40, followed by Somerfield in 18:53.60 and Prada in 19:01.02. Senior Phil Theisen ran the 3K Steeplechase, a grueling event, in a personal record time of 10:11.12, good enough to land him in 10th place.
The men also put together a 4x800m Relay team, made up of McQuone, Theisen, freshman Kraig Van Wieringen, and junior Brian Lyles. The group covered the 3200 meters in a time of 8:41.84 and finished 7th, scoring two points for the men’s team.The next race for the Hawks is the Eagle Invitational on Saturday, April 14 at Benedictine University. Both men and women will be competing, and events will begin at 10 a.m. After Chicagolands, most of the team has four or five races left.