Outdoor track recap: Wartburg (Iowa) Select

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Outdoor track recap: Wartburg (Iowa) Select

Photo by Tyler Hart

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The no. 17 ranked men’s outdoor track and field team earned a second place finish at the Wartburg (Iowa) Select last weekend.

The Blugolds tallied 171 total points at the eight-team meet; just 5.5 points behind host Wartburg College. Eau Claire finished well ahead of indoor conference champion UW-La Crosse, who took third with 134 points.

Highlighting the second place finish for the Blugolds were top finishes in three individual events.

In the hammer throw senior Tony Sigrist broke a 20-year-old school record on the way to earning first place. His 58.32-meter throw shattered the old record of 57.12 that was set May 30, 1992. Fellow senior Tyler Genovese earned second in the event with a throw of 57.02-meters.

The Blugolds dominated the field in the 5,000-meter run, earning four of the top five finishes at the meet. Finishing at the front of the pack was junior Michael Borden with his time of 15:26.62. Sophomore Matt Wenaas was close behind in second at 15:27.47 while junior Aric Runzheimer took third place with his time of 15:38.86.

Also earning first place was freshman Thurgood Dennis in the 400-meter event. His time of 48.34 was more than a second ahead of the next best runner.

Up next Eau Claire will travel to River Falls for the UW-River Falls Multi on Friday and Saturday.

WOMEN

The women’s outdoor track and field team finished in third place with 132.20 points last weekend at the Wartburg (Iowa) Select.

Host Wartburg College finished well ahead of the rest of field with 289.70 points, while UW-La Crosse narrowly edged the no. 4 ranked Blugolds with 135 points.

Three athletes led the way for Eau Claire by earning first place finishes with their performances.

Senior Jordanne Greenup earned first in the 200-meter dash with her time of 25.19 seconds. Greenup dominated the field by finishing 1.03 seconds ahead of her competitors, more time than what separated second place from 13th.

Senior Kim Miresse also took first for the Blugolds with her 15.36 time in the 100-meter hurdles.

Two women earned top five finishes for Eau Claire in the hammer throw at the meet. Junior Caitlin Brendum finished in the top spot with a throw of 50.10-meters while senior Brittany Frederick took fourth place in the event with her toss of 46.71-meters.

Next on schedule for the women is the UW-River Falls Multi that will start on Friday.