Men's and Women's Track returns from HAAC Championships with two top three finishes

Raven women take second, Raven men place third

  • Monday, May 06, 2013

BALDWIN CITY – The Raven track & field program returned from the annual HAAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a memorable experience.

On top of two top-three team finishes, there were four individual HAAC champions, 77 all-conference performances, six school records and six national-qualifying standards.

In addition to the outstanding team performances, head coach Darin Schmitz earned co-Coach of the Year honors on the women's side on the heals of the Raven women's second-place finish.

In the 5000 meter racewalk junior Tessa Graybill qualified Outdoor Nationals and destroyed her own school record with a time of 27:58.18 en route to a second-place finish.

Sophomore Alex Rodriguez demolished the 11-year old discus record with a throw of 40.76 meters en route to a fourth-place finish. 

Junior Roxie Grizzle also destroyed the school record in the javelin with an automatic qualifying throw of 42.58 meters.  Grizzle took second place in the meet.

Freshman Hannah Wondra, after of string of near misses, beat the 800 meter school record by almost three seconds with a time of 2:21.82.  Wondra finished in third place.

On the men's side, the Ravens took third and had two conference champions.

Freshman Bob Bartush ran an amazing 800 meter race to hold off the rest of the very strong field and finished with a time of 1:57.60 to win his first conference title. 

Once again in a battle between teammates Jacob Connealy and Will Wallace put on a great show in the decathlon with a first and second place finish respectively.

Fighting once again throughout the decathlon both put up national qualifying point totals with Jake once again destroying his own record and became the first Raven in history to break the 6,000 point barrier with a point total of 6,012 points. 

Freshman Yasuaki Komuro put up an automatic national qualifying time in the racewalk with a very impressive 24:19.11.