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Track and Field teams place in top 5 at Wheaton Invite

By Rebekah McGee 04.11.19

Wheaton’s Track and Field Invitational on April 6 featured many impressive performances by Wheaton students. The Wheaton Women’s Track team racked up 113 points and a third place overall out of 13 teams. Similarly, the Wheaton Men’s Track team earned 78.5 points and landed in fourth place out of 10 men’s teams. After the meet, junior Favor Ezewuzie was named the CCIW National Athlete of the Week due to her victory in five events.

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Thunder excels in CCIW indoor track and field championships

Women take second and men take fourth


By Rebekah McGee

Last week was the Thunder’s Women’s and Men’s Track and Field teams succeeded in the CCIW Indoor Championships. The Wheaton women took second, acquiring 112 points while the men took fourth with 70. Both teams were beat out by host and tournament champion North Central College.

Wheaton athletes were competitive in events of all distances. Junior Favor Ezewuzie led the way in the sprinting category by finishing first in both the 60-meter dash, with a time of 7.63 seconds, and the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.72 seconds. Her dominant hurdle performance set a new school and NCAA Division III record. Furthermore, in the field, Ezewuzie won the long jump with a leap of 5.74 meters. Collectively, these athletic successes earned Ezewuzie Track Athlete of the Meet.

Senior Natasha Brown took first place in the 200-meter dash, winning by less than one one-hundredth of a second. Ezewuzie placed third closely behind her with a time of 25.36. Brown placed fifth in the 60-meter dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 7.89. In the 60-meter hurdles, senior Abby Grace McGee and freshman Sydney Jones finished in fourth and fifth place respectively with times of 9.26 and 9.46. Senior Rose Favino took sixth in the 400-meter run, finishing in 1:00.56.

The Wheaton men closed impressive times in sprinting. Senior Leif Van Grinsven earned the CCIW champion title in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.38. Junior Andy Margason followed close behind, finishing eighth in 8.84 seconds. In the 400-meter, freshman Andrew Lauber earned fourth place by finishing in 49.85. Bradley Dowell also placed in the 400-meter, finishing in 51.21.

In the distance races, junior Aryn Embretson won first place in both the 5000-meter and 3000-meter run. In the one-mile run, junior Erika Johnson placed fifth in 5:17.59. In the one-mile run, freshman Jonah Jones finished in 4:23.20 to take fourth and Riley placed seventh in 4:25.92. Freshman Kevin Riley placed eighth in the 3000-meter in 8:53.18 and sophomore Seth Massot placed eighth in the 5000-meter in 15:14.84.

The Wheaton women’s 4×400 relay squad of Favino, McGee, senior Charlotte Matzal and Brown finished third with a time of 4:00.64. Wheaton’s men’s 4×400 relay team of junior Paul Amstutz, Lauber, freshman Max Veth and sophomore Logan Pinkerton won fifth at the meet, finishing with a time of 3:27.51.

The men’s heptathlon competition saw junior Robert Smith place second overall with 4,369 points, while freshman Chris Albert finished in seventh with 3,634. On the jumping front, senior Katie Lindquist placed fifth in the high jump due to a leap of 1.58 meters and sophomore Stephen Matthew hit the 1.95 meter mark, earning sixth in the same event.

Reflecting on this past weekend, Albert said, “Even though track is typically an individual sport, the conference meet really brought us together as a team. Our community feels unified and supportive and I’m excited to see where this momentum will bring us as we move into the outdoor season.”

Both teams have two weeks before jumping back into competition with the Division III Indoor National Championships Boston, Mass. Afterward, both teams will compete in the spring outdoor track and field season.

Track & Field Women excel at Don Church Twilight meet

April 26 2018

Wheaton’s Women’s Track and Field team took second place in a field of 14 teams at Saturday’s Don Church Twilight Meet at McCully Stadium. Several impressive individual and relay team performances helped the Thunder earn 154.5 points. They trailed closely behind the University of Chicago who won the meet with 217 points. Ripon College came in third after Wheaton with 70 points.

Sophomore Favor Ezewuzie continued her successful season with three first-place finishes. She finished at the top in the 100-meter dash in 12.30 seconds, the second-fastest time for that race in Wheaton’s history. It’s also the 22nd best time in the nation this spring. Senior Maggie Dansdill also competed in the 100-meter dash and won third with a time of 12.60. Ezewuzie’s second first-place finish was in the 100 hurdles, in which she got a time of 15.00, while freshman Tess Sutton took second in 15.59. In the long jump, Ezewuzie took first with a leap of 5.29 meters, senior Nicole Kitchen jumped 5.20 meters to take second and junior Cassidy Foxhoven placed fifth with a jump of 4.96 meters.

Freshman Hannah Roeske also continued her impressive season and placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.24. This time is sixth in the Thunder record books and 13th this season in Division III. In the 3000-meter run, junior Erika Johnson finished first in a time of 10:12.39, followed closely by Roeske who took second in 10.12.66. Both runners moved up in the school records and now hold the fourth and fifth fastest Wheaton times in that race.

In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Marissa Heath topped the podium with a first place finish in 1:04.10, and Sutton took third in 1:08.51. In the open 400-meter run, junior Melody Daghfal placed sixth with a time of 1:03.17. Junior Megan Bailey finished sixth in the 1500-meter in 4:48.53.

Wheaton’s relay teams won both the 4×100 and 4×400 Saturday afternoon. The 4×100 squad of Ezewuzie, Dansdill, Heath and junior Natasha Brown finished in 48.54 to gain their victory and the 4×400 team of Dansdill, Brown, Kitchen and senior Makenna Sanders finished in 3:59.09.

In the high jump, junior Katie Lindquist took fifth with a mark of 1.58m, followed closely by Kitchen, who tied for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1.53m. The Wheaton Thunder dominated the javelin, taking the top two spots. Eden Parker took first with a throw of 33.10 meters and freshman Ella Curry placed second with an effort of 31.30 meters.

The Wheaton Thunder Women’s Track and Field team has two weeks filled with three meets before the CCIW Outdoor Track & Field Championships. They competed on Tuesday at the Lewis University Twilight Meet and will compete this weekend at the Drake Relays.

Thunder Men’s Track & Field takes second at home meet

April 26 2018

The Wheaton Thunder Men’s Track and Field team had a very successful meet last Saturday. Competing at home in the Don Church Twilight Meet, sixteen point-scoring performances led the Thunder to a second place victory. Wheaton acquired 123.5 points and came in closely behind The University of Chicago who won with 177.5 points. Following Wheaton, North Central took third with 117 points.

The Men’s Thunder had an especially strong showing in the field events. Junior Peter Bradley started the meet off strong, taking first in the pole vault by marking 4.50 meters. This height places him 10th in the all-time Thunder record books. Freshman David Bradley made 4.35 meters and junior Leif Van Grinsven made 4.20 meters, finishing third and sixth, respectively. In the shot put, sophomore Drew Smith took fourth place with a toss of 14.25 meters. Sophomore Michael Kitchen earned fourth place in the triple jump with a leap of 12.06 meters and sophomore Joey Paolina threw the javelin 42.35 meters to take sixth place.

The Thunder also saw success in the running events. In the 400-meter run, freshman Andrew Lauber crossed the finish line with a time of 50.22 to take second, followed closely by sophomore Paul Amstutz who took third with a time of 50.98. In the steeplechase, a time of 9:39.41 earned senior Seth Spykstra second place. Sophomore Logan Pinkerton placed in the 800-meter run, running a time of 1:56.11 to take third. In the 5000-meter, sophomore Seth Massot ran a time of 15:27.01 and junior Grant Alexander ran 15:31.51 to place third and fourth, respectively. Sophomore Andy Margason and sophomore Robert Smith ran in the 110 hurdles and also took third and fourth with times of 16.54 and 17.17, respectively. Margason ran in the 400 hurdles and placed fourth in 1:00.19 while senior Matt Peneycad placed sixth in the same race in 1:03.70. In the 1500-meter run, senior Hudson Thomas took fifth with a time of 3:59.13.

Three Thunder relay teams placed in the top six in the 4×400. The squad of junior Bradley Dowell, junior David Dischinger, senior Johnathan Walker and Pinkerton came in second at 3:22.69. The grouping of junior Andrew Daghfal, sophomore Robert Smith, senior David Harris and Grinsven took fourth place at 3:32.9 and foursome of junior Andrew Van Os, freshman Peter Van Os, junior Noah Brase and freshman Grant Adams finished sixth with a time of 3:39.04. Wheaton’s 4×100 relay team of senior Marcus Smith, freshman Andrew Lauber, Amstutz and senior Collin Gray took home fifth place in 44.33.

The Thunder are excited about how they were able to perform this week. Junior Peter Bradley told us a bit about how this season has played out for the men’s team: “We have lost many people to injuries this year, but I have been so impressed by the character of the team and how we have handled the adversity and have not made excuses. I have seen our team exemplify our team verse, Colossians 3:23, which says, ‘Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,’ over and over again. Learning to follow Jesus Christ and support each other in this community is the highest form of accomplishment that I can achieve as a member of this track team. Performing well is just icing on the cake.”

The Wheaton Thunder Men’s Track and Field team has two weeks filled with three meets before the CCIW Outdoor Track & Field Championships. They competed on Tuesday at the Lewis University Twilight Meet and will compete this weekend at the Drake Relays.

Men’s Track and Field competes well in abbreviated meet

April 19 2018

The Wheaton Men’s Track and Field team competed in the Benedictine University Eagle Relays on Friday, April 13. The meet, which was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, was shortened due to rough weather on Saturday. The Wheaton men, however, were able to still exhibit impressive performances in the abbreviated competition.

The Wheaton Men’s relay teams really performed well at the meet. The 1,600 meter sprint medley squad consisted of freshman Peter Van Os, sophomore Andy Margason, sophomore Paul Amstutz and senior Johnathan Walker. The quartet took second place in the 14-team field. Van Os and Amstutz were later joined by freshman Andrew Lauber and senior Matt Peneycad to compete in the men’s 4×200 meter relay. The team posted a time of 1:34.99 to place third. The Thunder relay team of junior David Dischinger, junior Andrew Daghfal, sophomore Logan Pinkerton and Van Os took third place in the men’s 4×800 meter relay with a time of 8:01.83.

Senior Hudson Thomas competed in the open 3,000 meter run and placed sixth out of 51 other competitors. He finished with a time of 9:02.53. Sophomore Michael Larkin took eighth place in the same event at 9:08.27 and senior Seth Spykstra posted a time of 9:09.07, good for ninth place.

Sophomore Seth Massot showed a very strong 3,000 meter steeplechase time of 9:50.40. That time earned Massot second place. Freshman Jonah Jones also competed in the event and finished seventh, crossing the finish line at a time of 10:06.48.

Massot has had a very successful season so far, but he shared that, for him, the joy of track and field comes from getting to compete alongside his teammates. “The best part of this season has definitely been the team pulling together at every meet despite various event groups and locations. With this, the biggest lesson I’ve learned thus far is how to connect and care for the team and for our teammates in everyone’s individual events. We are synthesizing caring for the team and for our teammates.”

The Wheaton Thunder will be returning to action at home for the Don Church Twilight Meet on April 21. The meet will take place in McCully Stadium with field events starting at 2 p.m. and running events kicking off at 3:30 p.m.


Women’s Track and Field continued their successful season

April 19 2018

The Wheaton Women’s Track and Field team continued their successful season at the Benedictine University Eagle Relays on Friday, April 13. The meet was originally scheduled for both Friday and Saturday but the second day of the meet was canceled due to the cold, rainy weather which swept across the Midwest on Saturday.

Junior Aryn Embretson showed an impressive performance, beating out 44 competitors to take first in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:38.69. Junior Megan Bailey and sophomore Hannah Oechsle followed closely behind, placing fifth and sixth with times of 10:57.40 and 11:00.09, respectively.

In the 3,000 meter steeplechase freshman Hannah Roeske finished first out of 26 participants with a time of 11:01.81, just ahead of teammate senior Ellie Hawthorne who took second place with a time of 11:08.87. Junior Laura Barnes crossed the finish line at 11:43.27 to take seventh place. In the 1,500 meter run, junior Erika Johnson clocked a time of 4:52.60 to finish fifth.

Sophomore Favor Ezewuzie took fourth place in the 200 meter dash at 25.88 seconds and senior Maggie Dansdill followed close behind to take fifth in 25.89 seconds. Ezewuzie also competed in the 100 meter hurdles in which she was fourth with a time of 14.98 seconds followed by junior Abby Grace McGee who took fifth with a time of 15.44 seconds.

The women’s relays excelled on Friday. Wheaton’s two 1,600 meter sprint medley relay teams took the top two spots in the event. The foursome of Dansdill, junior Anna Ifft, junior Natasha Brown and senior Nicole Kitchen took first in 4:21.22. The relay squad of McGee, freshman Tess Sutton, junior Rose Favino and freshman Ally Lyle followed close behind and finished second with a time of 4:28.42.

McGee, Sutton, Favino and junior Cassidy Foxhoven grouped together in the 4×200 meter relay to take second place in the event with a time of 1:51.28. The distance medley relay team of freshman Kiersten Oslund, sophomore Marissa Heath, junior Sophia Becker and freshman Becca Smith also saw a second-place finish in their event with a time of 14:00.60.

The Wheaton Track and Field Women will next compete at home in the Don Church Twilight Invitational. The meet will take place at McCully Stadium on April 21 with field events starting at 2 p.m. and running events beginning at 3:30 p.m.


Successful invite for Wheaton Men’s Track & Field Team

April 12 2018

The Wheaton Thunder Men’s Track and Field team showed some strong performances last Saturday at the Wheaton Invitational meet. The men finished in fourth place after North Central who won the 10-team meet with 207 points, Wisconsin-Stevens Point who placed second with 129.5 and Hope with 112. Wheaton had three first-place finishes to come in fourth with 81 points.

Sophomore Seth Massot showed an impressive performance by winning his 5000-meter race with a time of 15:30.95. Teammate sophomore Simon Peterson also competed and took 11th place with a time of 16:14.41. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, senior Seth Spykstra finished fourth with a time of 9:53.44. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Logan Pinkerton took sixth in 2:01.29 and senior Johnathan Walker placed seventh in 2:01.57. Senior Hudson Thomas competed in the 1500 meter run and placed sixth with a time of 4:03.65.

The Wheaton men really excelled in the field events. Senior Collin Gray won the high jump with a leap of 2.02 meters. Sophomore Stephen Mathew tied for fifth in the high jump with a 1.87 meter leap. Sophomore Drew Smith won the shot put with a toss of 14.14 meters and sophomore Jake Hibben finished second with a throw of 12.58 meters. Sophomore Jonathan Dahlager recorded a toss of 12.33 meters to take fourth place, sophomore Joey Paolina took sixth with a throw of 12.12 meters and junior Leif Van Grinsven threw 11.98 meters to achieve a seventh-place finish.

Peter Bradley reached a mark of 4.43 meters in the pole vault to finish in second place. In the discus, sophomore Robert Smith tied for fourth with a toss of 37.88 meters. Senior Tex Ritter’s throw of 36.77 meters earned him sixth place and Van Grinsven’s 34.94 meter throw earned him eighth place.

Besides doing well in competitions, the Wheaton men seem to be enjoying each other as a team. Smith shared with us, “The captains have done an excellent job this year. They lead and encourage the team both on and off the track by motivating us through their work ethic and by leading our weekly DSGs. Senior David Harris, in particular, has been the most motivating teammate for me personally out of any that I’ve ever trained with. He works as hard as the best to become the greatest athlete he can be, while also going out of his way time and time again to help his teammates in whatever way he can. I’m blessed to be training with such a God-fearing man on a daily basis.” Smith continued, “Senior Tex Ritter is someone who has helped the team so much in ways that many people were unaware of for a while. He has done an excellent job of giving growth to a team of mostly runners by bringing in a handful of athletes to compete in the throwing events. I love going to the field and seeing these men at work; they bring so much energy and life.”

The Wheaton Men’s track and field team will head to Lisle, Ill. for next week’s two-day Benedictine University Relay meet. The first day of competition starts at 12 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, April 13 and will continue on Saturday, April 14 at 12 p.m.


Wheaton women claim second in Wheaton Outdoor Invite

April 12 2018

Last Saturday, April 7, Wheaton’s Women’s Track and Field team showed strong performances at their home meet. With four athletes who took first place in various events, the women earned second place in a field of 10 teams. They acquired 143 points to come in close behind Wisconsin-Stevens Point who won the meet with 161.5 points. Trailing the Thunder was Hope College who finished third with 127.5 points.

Wheaton especially excelled in the sprints last Saturday. Sophomore Marissa Heath finished first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.62. In the open 400 senior Maggie Dansdill tied for first with a time of 58.97. She was followed closely by sophomore Favor Ezewuzie who took fourth in 1:01.11 and junior Natasha Brown who came in eighth with a time of 1:01.76. Wheaton athletes took first through fourth place in the 100 meter hurdles. Ezewuzie won the event with a time of 15.06 seconds. In second, Abby Grace McGee raced in a time of 15.41 and Tess Sutton finished in third with a time of 15.53. Nicole Kitchen rounded out the top four with a time of 15.62.

Wheaton also had a strong showing in the long distance events. In the 1500, freshman Hannah Roeske took first place in 4:44.57. Junior Erika Johnson finished second in the same event with a time of 4:47.16, and Anna Joy Setran took seventh in 4:59.59. Ellie Hawthorne took second in the 5000 meter race with a time of 17:59.22. In the 800, Johnson placed fourth in 2:21.64 and senior Nicole Kitchen took eighth place in 2:26.91.

In the field events, Wheaton athletes continued to succeed. Ezewuzie won the long jump with a leap of 5.24 m followed by Kitchen who placed seventh with a mark of 5.12 m. Freshman Courtney Linscott competed in the triple jump and finished eighth with a leap of 8.85 m. In the high jump, junior Katie Lindquist reached a mark of 1.57 m, which got her second place. Freshman Heidi Considine finished third in the discus with an effort of 30.51 m, freshman Grace O’Connell finished fourth with a throw of 29.32 m and sophomore Kennedi Toney took sixth with her toss of 22.43 m. Toney also competed in the shot put, recording a toss of 8.73 m to place fifth, followed by senior Makenna Sanders who took sixth with a throw of 8.47 m and O’Connell in eighth with a toss of 7.95 m.

The Thunder will continue their outdoor season next week, with a two-day meet starting Friday, April 13 at 12 p.m. They will be competing in Lisle, Ill. at the Benedictine University Relays.


Wheaton women dominate first outdoor track meet

April 5 2018

Wheaton’s Track and Field women started off their outdoor season last week at the Viking Olympics at Augustana College on Thursday, March 29. The Wheaton women dominated the start to their outdoor season, taking first place out of eleven teams. In total, they scored 196.5 points, beating out Augustana with 158 points and St. Ambrose with 107 points. Also, several of the Wheaton women’s performances are ranked in the NCAA Division III; two of them in the top 10.

In the distance races, senior Ellie Hawthorne took first place in the 3000-meter steeplechase with an amazing time of 11:07.48. That time currently ranks Ellie fourth in the country for Division III. Hawthorne’s teammates followed closely behind as freshman Hannah Roeske finished second in 11:14.31, a time good for seventh in Division III. Junior Laura Barnes placed fourth with a time of 11:32.26, freshman Brianna Hawthorne finished seventh in 12:08.82 and freshman Anna Joy Setran placed eighth with a time of 12:10.44. Hawthorne told us about the race: “The meet started off with the 3000 meter steeplechase, one of those events that is unique to outdoor season. We have been preparing for this race for several months now, but it was really fun to get to race it again on Thursday, and race it alongside four of our other girls who are new and have never raced it before. The steeple is unlike any other race, and until you get your feet wet (quite literally) the first time, you can never fully anticipate what it is going to be like. It was fun to watch as the other girls all crossed the line successful after their first steeple attempt. There is a huge learning curve in the steeple as well, so the hope is that each one of us will take big strides forward as the season progresses.” In the 800-meter run, junior Erika Johnson took second in 2:20.13, currently the 24th-fastest time in Division III. Junior Aryn Embretson finished the 5K in second place at 17:43.26, which ranks her 10th nationally. In the same race, junior Megan Bailey placed fourth with a time of 18:20.10 and Hannah Oechsle placed fifth in 18:24.45.

Sophomore Marissa Heath won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:04.31, a time ranking her ninth nationally. Junior Abby Grace McGee followed closely behind to take second in a time of 1:08.60 and Tess Sutton placed third in 1:09.09 as Wheaton took top three spots in the event.  Wheaton also dominated in the 100-meter hurdles as sophomore Favor Ezewuzie took second with a time of 15.33, currently the 23rd-fastest Division III time this season. McGee and Sutton also competed in the shorter hurdle race and placed sixth and seventh with times of 16.14 and 16.30, respectively. Nicole Kitchen took eighth place in the event with a time of 16.50.

Ezewuzie finished second in the 100 in 12:55, followed by senior Maggie Dansdill who finished in 12.86 to place third. In the 200, Ezewuzie took second in 25.70 which is currently the 16th-best time in Division III. Dansdill placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 26.24. Junior Charlotte Matzal took ninth place in the 400 meter race with a time of 1.03.39.

Graduate student Eden Parker took first place in the javelin with a toss of 33.18 meters.

In the long jump, sophomore Ezewuzie leapt into second place with a mark of 5.15 meters and Kitchen earned fourth with a jump of 5.00 meters. Junior Cassidy Foxhoven placed seventh at 4.80 meters, senior Makenna Sanders marked 4.67 meters for eighth place and junior Kiki Francois took ninth with her jump of 4.63 meters. Junior Katie Lindquist earned fifth place in the high jump with a leap of 1.55 meters, followed by Matzal who finished ninth with a mark of 1.45 meters.

Wheaton’s relay teams showed up strong as the 4×400 team of Heath, Johnson, junior Rose Favino and Kitchen took first in 4:02.29. The 4×100 relay squad of Ezewuzie, Dansdill, Heath and junior Natasha Brown took second with a time of 48.48. Both relays are currently ranked seventh nationally.

Overall, the Wheaton women’s performances were impressive for their first meet and they’re excited for what is to come. Barnes told us, “Everyone has their personal goals, but I am constantly encouraged by the fact that we are all striving toward the same ultimate goal — which is to glorify Jesus with the unique abilities he has given us. There were certainly standout performances and performances which people may have considered disappointing, but it’s important to remember that our value and joy are firmly grounded in our identity as sons and daughters of the King rather than how good or bad we race. It’s much more freeing that way!”

The Thunder looks forward to hosting their first meet this season next weekend at the McCully stadium. The Wheaton Invitational begins on Saturday, April 7 with field events starting at 11 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m.


Men display impressive performances at first outdoor meet

April 5 2018

Wheaton’s Men’s Track and Field team kicked off their outdoor season with an impressive third place finish at the Augustana College Viking Olympics meet. They scored 95 points and followed closely behind the University of Chicago who scored 108 points and Augustana who took first with 262 points.

Senior Colin Gray won first place in the high jump with a mark of 2.02 meters. This jump ranks Gray seventh in the national realm of Division III track and field events. Sophomore Stephen Mathew also competed in high jump and placed fifth with a leap of 1.80 meters. Senior Nathan Cruz took sixth place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.00 meters, and Bradley came in eighth with a vault of 3.85 meters. Sophomore Robert Smith placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.88 meters and took eighth in the javelin, throwing 42.00 meters. Sophomore Michael Kitchen competed in the triple jump and placed eighth with an effort of 11.71 meters.

In the 4×400, relay squad freshman Andrew Lauber, junior Paul Amstutz, junior Bradley Dowell and sophomore Logan Pinkerton took second in a time of 2:23.38 which currently ranks them 19th in Division III. Wheaton’s second 4×400 team of freshman Peter Van Os, junior David Dischinger, junior Andrew Van Os and senior Jonathan Walker finished fifth in 3:32.16.

The Thunder men had a strong showing in the distance events on Thursday. In the 800-meter run, they took six of the top 11 spots in the race. Pinkerton took third in a time of 1:58.10, followed by Dischinger who finished fifth in 1:59.64. Andrew Van Os finished in 2:00.76 to take seventh place and senior Hudson Thomas placed eighth in 2:01.66. In the 3000m steeplechase, sophomore Seth Massot took second place in 9:50.46 as Wheaton’s top finisher. In the 5000m, freshman Jonah Jones took sixth place in 15:41.17.

Wheaton was also successful in the sprinting events. Sophomore Andy Margason took fourth place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.69, and placed eighth in the 400 hurdles in 59.06. Amstutz took sixth in the 200 with a time of 23.20 and in the 400, Dowell also had a sixth place finish with a time of 50.91.

The Men’s Track and Field team are excited about how the meet went on Thursday, especially since their first scheduled meet was canceled due to weather. Gray shared, “Despite the late arrival of warm weather this year, many individuals on both the men and women’s team had a good showing at the first outdoor meet and it was good to shake off the rust of not having competed in a few weeks. The weather for the meet was not ideal but after having last weeks’ meet cancelled, we as a team were just excited for a chance to get the outdoor season started.”

Looking forward, the Wheaton Men are excited for what’s to come in following weeks. Smith told us, “We defeated Carthage by just one point at indoor conference, a feat we haven’t accomplished for quite a few years, to take third place overall. Our goal is to repeat this accomplishment again this season while also qualifying multiple athletes to nationals.” He added, “Overall, I’m very excited about this season and future seasons with this team. The freshmen class in particular is loaded with talent and I hope that each one of them will stay the course that God has set for them.”

The Thunder looks forward to hosting their first meet this season next weekend at the McCully stadium. The Wheaton Invitational begins on Saturday, April 7 with field events starting at are 11 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m.