Indoor Track Season Gets Going

Ravens compete at Bob Timmons Challenge hosted by KU

  • Monday, December 05, 2011

LAWRENCE – This past weekend the Benedictine Raven Track Team competed at the Bob Timmons Challenge at the University of Kansas.  In a meet where they were surrounded by NCAA Division 1 schools the Ravens held their own in many events. 

“The team competed extremely well and I was happy to see where we are at at this point in the season," said Raven head coach Darin Schmitz. "They competed right alongside some of the best athletes in the country and they all held their own.  This really shows that the team has been working hard in the off season. 

"With every event it got me more excited about the upcoming season and beyond.”
\Women’s 3000m – In a very fast race freshman Naomi Reeh, just coming off of her appearance at the NAIA national cross country championships, battled to an eighth place finish.  She narrowly lost to her Haskell rival by a mere 100th of a second in obviously an extremely close race.

”We put Naomi in the meet to get her a base time for the rest of indoors," Coach Schmitz said. "She hasn’t even had an off season yet and still ran a good time in the 3000m.  She will definitely be one to watch for indoors this year and over the next four years.”
Women’s 60m Hurdles – Freshman Gabby Bash came out with an 8th place finish in her first collegiate race of her career. 
Women’s 600 yard run – Freshman Emilee Messer had a great day by winning her heat in the 600 yard run and placing a strong 6th place overall in the event.
Men’s Mile – Andrew Messmann showed courage and heart by out-kicking his heat and winning his heat in the open men’s mile with a time of 4:49.37. He also came back and got second in the 600 yards just an hour later with a time of 2:50.75.
Women’s Weight Throw – Junior Chelsea Morland had a good showing by throwing a lifetime personal best in the weight throw of 12.78m.This was good enough for a strong 6th place showing.
Men’s High Jump – Freshman Jacob Connealy kicked off his collegiate career in strong fashion in the high jump by also getting a lifetime personal best with a jump of 6’4.75”. He narrowly missed provisionally qualifying at 2.00m on his final three jumps but made three great attempts and ended up 5th in the event.
“Jacob is one of the most hard working young men I have ever coached," Coach Schmitz said. "He is going to be a decathlete for us and is developing well in all his events. He will be an exciting young man to watch over the next four years.”
Women’s high jump – Junior Angela Kendrick started where she left off last season with a strong showing. She barely missed provisionally qualifying in the high jump but also had three good attempts at the goal height. Her jump of 1.55m was good enough to get her a 3rd place finish in a field of over 15 athletes.
“Angela is a great athlete that has a ton of potential in the high jump," Coach Schmitz said. "With her sister Emily barely missing her last heights I think this match-up could be a fun one to watch over the next couple of years.”

The teams take off the remainder of the first semester from competition and return to action on Jan. 21 with a meet in Highland hosted by Highland Community College.