KENOSHA, Wis. - The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Track & Field season opened by competing at Carthage College in the Private College Championships on Saturday with a lot of great performances. It was an exciting start to the season for the Falcons.
Sophomore Bathong Pham (Milwaukee, Wis.) started off the Falcons this weekend with a PR in the pole vault earning eighth place, and less than ten minutes later posted another PR in the long jump, with a jump of 6.05 meters, good for a seventh-place finish.
CUW also got several strong performances in the running events at the meet. Sophomore Mike Prue (Kenosha, Wis.) ran well in the 400-meter dash, placing third in a time of 52.11. Senior Martin Hinze (Bourbonnais, Ill.) held off a University of Chicago runner for first place in the mile (4:23.7) scoring 10 points for the Falcons. Sophomore Seth Donovan (Caledonia, Wis.) ran a PR in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.85 and finish seventh place, while senior John Balsman (Rockford, Ill.) finished right behind him in eighth in 23.88. Pham also ran a PR of 24.33 in the event.
Junior Andrew Faber (Germantown, Wis.) respresented the male throwers this weekend and threw a PR of 12.8 meters in the shot put for eighth place, while also finishing sixth in the weight throw.
Several freshmen also debuted strong for the Falcons as both Dominick Hansen (Pound, Wis.) and Logan Hass (Manawa, Wis.) made it to finals in their events. Hansen competed in the 55-meter high hurdles and ran an 8.71 for seventh place. Hass took part in the long jump and leaped 5.88 meters for a 10th place finish.
As a team the Falcons finished in fourth place out of 11 with a score of 88 points. Host Carthage won the meet by scoring 173 points.
CUW has off this upcoming weekend but will compete back at Carthage on January 31 for the Tadd Metzger Invitational.