Men's Track & Field opens outdoor season at Rex Foster Open
WHITEWATER, Wis. - It was a good day of competition at UW-Whitewater Rex Foster Open Concordia University Wisconsin's Men's Track & Field Team. The sun was shining for the athletes during the day and temperatures around 45. Once the sun began to set, temperatures dropped to 34 with a 15mph wind making difficult conditions for any athletes to compete. Nevertheless, the Falcons pushed through and had several great performances, personal records and a new school record.
In the field events, freshman Tyler White (Milwaukee, Wis.) started off the outdoor season with one outstanding jump and PR of 6.95 meters. Although he did not finish the rest of his jumps, he ended up in third place and is currently ranked second in the NAC and tied for 11th in the nation. Freshman Frank Jesse Long (Elwood, Ill.) made finals in the shot put for CUW with a toss of 11.33m placing him fifth at the meet and ranking him second in conference. Senior Joel Behl (Watertwon, Wis.) threw a well-earned PR in the discus with 39.37 meters. Two big PRs were also set by sophomore William Sommer (Germantown, Wis.) in the shot put, just short of the elusive 12-meter mark with a toss of 11.99 meters and in discus with 30.97 meters.
On the track, junior Martin Hinze (Bourbonnais, Ill.) scored big for the Falcons, winning the 3000-meter steeple chase. Even though he was well ahead of the competition, he was able to push himself towards setting a new school record of 9:32.88. This pace moved Hinze up to 11th in the Nation and first in the NAC. In the sprints, junior John Balsman (Rockford, Ill.) had a good race in the 100 making it to finals and placing second out of 29 athletes. His time of 11.1 currently ranks him second in conference. Freshman Damon Nick (Slinger, Wis.) had a great first race as a Falcon in the 110 high hurdles making it to finals and placing fifth with a time of 16.31.
The Falcons will return to action next weekend when they compete at the Eagle Invitational Saturday. The event which will be hosted by Benedictine University is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.