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The Winona State University track and field team finished fifth place overall at the NSIC Indoor Track and Field championships on Friday.
Head coach Mason Rebarchek said the season has been going really well so far.
“We’re at the point in the season where we’ve been training a long time, and track and field is set up that way: to try to peak at the end of the season,” Rebarchek said. “So I’m hoping to see everybody perform at their highest level and highest potential and run the best time they’ve ever run, or best throw, or best jump. Just really compete well as a team.”
Many Warrior competitors placed and even made personal bests at the meet.
The 4×400 relay team of Megan Seidl, Brittney Schyvinck, Catherine Whitcomb and Kelsey Bethke placed third in their event with a time of 3:52.42, beating last week’s time of 3:47.45.
This relay team is waiting to hear if they will be participating in the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Alissa Rausch placed second at the meet in shot put, throwing 49’ 4 ¼.”
Rausch is waiting to see if her season-best score of 49’ 11 ¼” will bring her to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
She said, “We have been preparing for this meet all indoor season and fall. Every throw at practice and lift in the weight room is so we can perform well at conference and then at nationals.”
Freshman Kaitlyn Long threw her second best mark of the season in weight throw with 19.86 meters, winning first place.
Rebarchek talked about Long as being a highlight of the team.
“She’s had the number six throw all time in Division II, and she’s sitting third in Division II right now,” Rebarchek said. “She’s also 16th best in all collegiate throwers in any division.”
Rebarchek also said Long recently broke the school record and was the conference athlete of the week twice so far this season.
Long said, “I’m looking forward to being able to focus on indoor nationals now. Indoor Nationals has always been on the back of my mind as the bigger goal. I want to place first in Division II weight throw, and I’m looking forward to representing Winona State in Alabama in a couple of weeks.”
Junior Katie Bagley won sixth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.13, beating her second place mark in school records for Winona State.
Senior Jordan Skelly earned a personal best in the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:44.78, beating her third place school record.
Skelly said, “Seeing everyone’s hard work pay off was great. The conference meet is always a battle for top 8 spots, so it’s fun to watch everyone use their God-given talents to fight for their spot.”
She added, “There is almost nothing I like more then watching my teammates get PR’s.”
Catherine Whitcomb and Brittany Schyninck ran the 400-meter run. Whitcomb placed fourth and recorded a personal best with the time of 57.32 seconds. This earned her fourth place in the Winona State record book. Schyninck finished in fifth place, earning her sixth place in the record book for Winona State and a personal best of 58.40.
McKenzie Carper ran a time of 3:04.23 for a personal best in the 1000-meter run and placed third in the school history. She placed eighth in the event.
Andrea Bartz recorded a personal best in the triple jump, with a score of 37’ 8 ¾” and improved her already personal best by three inches.
Brittany Dulak tied with Jessica Devine with a score of 9.03 in the 55-meter hurdles and improved her personal best time by 0.22 seconds.
The Warriors will wait to see who will appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will take place on March 13 and 14 in Alabama.
Winona State will then move to the outdoor season, which opens March 27 and 28 in Raleigh, North Carolina for distance events and in Rock Island, Ill. for the Viking Olympics.