Track and Field kicks off ‘22 outdoor season on a high note

Syerah Mulhern-Allred, sports editor

Winona State University Track and Field began their outdoor season this past weekend at the Wartburg Outdoor Select, hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on Friday, April 2.

After such a successful indoor season, it has been nerve wracking to see if that streak will continue into the outdoor season, but the Warriors did not disappoint. The team placed third out of ten teams overall with 138 points and multiple first place finishes.

Fourth-year athlete Shereen Vallabouy and NCAA Division II 400m national indoor champion, won the 400m at the event by over five seconds. The 4×400 relay team, featuring Vallabouy, Kendall Zeman, Brooklyn Schyvinck and Maddy Pietz, also placed first.

“The biggest aspect [of being a successful college athlete] for me is the development of teamwork and the relationships that I have built, responsibility not only in my athletics career but my education goals as well, and time management in being a better student-athlete,” Vallabouy said.

Schyvinck was also an individual champion on Saturday in the 400m hurdles. She also is a part of the 4x100m which consists of herself, Pietz, fourth year Michaela Pryor and second year Kaylee Olson.

The relay was one of two for the Warriors that placed at the meet and the third event that Schyvinck took first in.

Pryor also excelled in individual events as well, taking first in the 200m and the 100m for an amazing start to her last season as a Warrior.

“It’s not always easy to compete in a sport that practices all year and competes every weekend of the spring semester, but it has always proven to be worth it,” Zeman said. “When I came in as a freshman, I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But now, three years later, I’m not quite sure how I am going to say goodbye.”

In the 100m hurdles, third-year Xana Leum took second place followed by teammates Hanna Reichenberger and Kylee Becker in third and fourth, respectively.

In the field events, Olson claimed second place in high jump with fourth-year Madison Rizner in fourth. Rizner also placed third in triple jump while third year teammate Kaylee Patnode took home fifth overall in javeline.

The Warriors placed behind Wartburg college at 196 points and Loras College at 183 respectively.

Coming up, the Warriors will be at the Ashton May Invite on April 8 and 9 hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.