BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Concordia University Wisconsin Women's track team competed at Illinois Wesleyan University this past Saturday at the Keck Invitational. Despite several of their key athletes missing this weekend due to illness and injury, the Falcons persevered with several outstanding performances.
CUW earned four points, finishing tied for 12th at the event. Monmouth won the team title with 132.25 points, finishing well ahead of runner up Illinois Wesleyan who scored 92 points.
In the field events CUW gained several strong performances. Junior Andrea Kassees (Waukesha, Wis.) hit three consecutive PRs in both the shot put and weight throw for an outstanding day of performances. Kassees recorded throws of 11.36 meters in shot put and 13.45 meters in the weight throw, finishing in sixth place in both events. Sophomore Alexandra Ezell (Kenosha, Wis.) also recorded a hard-earned PR in the weight throw with a toss of 10.4 meters. Freshman Nicole Gloede (Bonduel, Wis.) also had a PR in the shot put with 8.09 meters.
On the track, freshman Lindsey Fratzke (Winona, Minn. - pictured) ran a personal best time of 2:32.7 in the 800-meter run, ranking her eighth in the conference. Junior Emily Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) made her first appearance in the event running a time of 2:27.50 for ninth place and ranking her fourth in NACC. In the mile, junior Caitlyn Stern (Mequon, Wis.) broke her personal record with a time of 5:50.5, besting her previous PR of 5:52.7 from 2012. Sophomore Marissa Krohn (Brookfield, Wis.) hit a big PR in the 200-meter dash, running a 31.57, shedding off over a half second from her previous best.
The Falcons will be back in action next Saturday when they take part in the UW-Platteville Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin 11:00 a.m. and is one of the final two weeks CUW will compete before taking part in the NACC Championships March 1.