James Connelly | Staff Writer
Both the men’s and women’s Thunder track teams finished fourth out of 17 and 14 teams, respectively, at the Benedictine Twilight Invitational on Friday, April 25. The teams showed that they are ready to compete at this week’s CCIW outdoor track and field championships. Key Wheaton point scorers throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons appear to be peaking at the right time, as seen in their performances.
Wheaton’s women’s 4x400 meter relay team finished in a blazing 4:01.81, over three seconds faster than Loyola’s team, which came in second at 4:04.88. Junior Alexa Sharkey, junior Rachel Holzrichter, sophomore Erin Mock and freshman Bailey Wysocki made up this 4x400 meter squad. Wheaton’s 4x100 meter relay team of freshman Sarah Frey, senior Lucy Mentzer, junior Samantha Henson and Erin Mock took third with a time of 51.22. Mock also took fourth in the competitive 200 meter dash in 26.68. Alexa Sharkey’s three outdoor 400 meter races were consistently under 59 seconds, with her time of 58.24 at the Don Church Twilight Meet two weeks ago being her fastest.
Bailey Wysocki finished second in the women’s open 400 meter dash with her best time of the season in 1:00.01. Senior Kayla Witcik came in fourth in 1:01.64. Sophomore Jordan Tuin held off an unattached opponent in the women’s 3000 meter race to take third overall in 10:19.81. Fellow sophomore Rachel Jagrowski came in seventh in 10:28.95.
In the women’s triple jump, sophomore Hannah Considine took third with a total of 10.39 meters. She also took fifth in the discus throw in 39.38 meters.
Freshman Graham Massot had a comfortable win in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:47.37. Senior Kyle Williams posted his best time of the season in the men’s 400 meter dash in 49.79, taking fourth overall. Sophomore Nils Eastburg did not race. Freshman Sam Bertram ran a 56.90 to take second in the men’s 400 meter hurdles. Fellow Freshman Tommy Cole did not run the 400 meter hurdles, but he earned fourth place in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 15.71 seconds.
Wheaton’s men’s 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Nate Annen, junior Kent Lindbergh, junior Nathan Knautz and sophomore Brendan Cole was close to second, but took third with a time of 3:30.21. Cole also placed third in the men’s pole vault, clearing 4.39 meters, and seventh in the men’s long jump in 6.43 meters. Sophomore Christian Hollinger threw 14.90 meters and reached fifth place in the men’s shot put.