MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team competed in three meets in two days over the weekend and set two new records. Friday afternoon, the Tigers competed at the Mount Marty Invite in Yankton, S.D.; Saturday they competed at the Drake Alternate meet in St. Peter, Minn., and Nicole Court-Menendez competed at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn.
Court-Menendez and Hailey Brunke – both freshmen for the Tigers – both set school records at their respective meets this weekend. Court-Menendez set the school record in the 5,000-meter racewalk and Brunke set the record in the 5,000-meter run. Court-Menendez, who became the school’s first female indoor track and field All-American this spring, took fifth in the race at the Penn Relays in 28:01.61. Brunke finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the Drake Alternate meet – hosted by Gustavus Adolphus – and set the school record in 18:55.63.
Dakota Wesleyan started the weekend at the Mount Marty Invite, and recorded 11 top-five finishes and four first-place finishes. MaKenzie Hageman and Dalton Smith both won a pair of events. Hageman won the women’s 100- and 200-meter dashes in 12.48 and 26.35 seconds, respectively. Smith won the same events on the men’s side. He won the 100 in 11.03 seconds – 10th best time in school history – and the 200 in 22.28 seconds, the eighth-best time in DWU history. Teammate Tyler Volesky took third in the 200 in 22.76 seconds and Alexis Moore finished 10th in 24.66.
Skylar Forgey finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.76, the seventh-best time in school history, and she also took sixth in the 800 in 2:32.52. LaShawn Medicine Horn finished third in the high jump with a mark of 5-feet-2.25 inches, and Heather Banister finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 15:03.88. Lindsey Sanftner took seventh in the long jump (16-8.5), Jessie Pederson finished ninth in the triple jump (33-8.5) and Kayleen Gumpan took ninth in the 1,500-meter run in 5:34.66.
Dan Porter recorded a pair of top-10 finishes for the DWU men. He took fourth in the triple jump in 38-2.75 and eighth in the long jump with a leap of 19-2.75. Paul Apenhorst finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.54) and 10th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.52). Ryan Antaya took seventh in the javelin with a mark of 133-5 and 12th in the hammer with a toss of 123-10 – the seventh-best mark in school history. Jeff Sahli took fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:51.44), the 1,600 meter relay squad of Smith, Andrew Hernandez, Apenhorst and Volesky took fifth in 3:32.93 and Hernandez took 10th in the 800 in 2:00.91.
Saturday in St. Peter, Hageman finished second in the 100 in 12.88 seconds – the second-best time in school history. Katie Johnson recorded two top-three finishes in throwing events. She took second in the shot put with a mark of 41-8 – the second-best time in DWU history – and also finished third in the javelin with a toss of 117-6. Medicine Horn finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of 5-1.75 and Pederson took ninth in the triple jump (33-6) and 14th in the long jump (14-8). Forgey took 12th in the 800 (2:31.46) and Shekela Quarles finished 16th in the long jump with a mark of 13-3.25.
Smith led the Tiger men with an eighth-place finish in the 100 in 11.35 seconds. The 1,600-meter relay squad took ninth in 3:32.86 and Porter finished ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-5. He also took 14th in the long jump with a leap of 18-6.5. Antaya finished 17th in the javelin with a toss of 126-4 and Sahli took 19th in the 5,000-meter run in 17:12.05.
The Tigers are back in action Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 at the Great Plains Athletic Conference outdoor championships in Seward, Neb.