Improvement Continues for Track & Field at Mule Relays
Multple personal bests happen for both men and women
This past weekend the Raven Track and Field team traveled to Warrensburg, Mo., and competed at the Mule Relays at the University of Central Missouri. According to head coach Darrin Schmitz, it was by far the largest meet the Ravens have competed in up to date but many of the athletes left their mark including another school record broken for the third straight week.
In her very first pentathlon senior Laura G’Sell shattered the school record by over 200 points to place her third at the meet that was riddled with some of the top talent in the Midwest. In the five event competition Laura ran a personal best in the 60m Hurdles and the 800m. She also won the high jump portion of the pentathlon by over 5 inches.
"Laura is an exceptional athlete and it definitely showed this weekend," said Coach Schmitz. "She had a great first pentathlon and was only 18 points from making the A standard for the national championships. She is currently ranked No. 9 in the country in the heptathlon.”
Also in the multi-events Nebraska freshman Jacob Connealy competed in his first heptathlon. The heptathlon is a 7 event competition that takes place over two days. In the first day Jacob started out great running personal bests in the hurdles and jumping a season best in the long jump. After day one Jacob was in a strong 6th place. On the second day of competition Jacob was as high as fifth place but due to no heighting in the pole vault he finished the day in 10th.
“It was great seeing Jacob compete in the heptathlon," said Coach Schmitz. "I really believe in the next few years Jacob will be one of the elite multi’s in the NAIA. He was on pace to shatter the school record and hit the A standard for the national championships but unfortunately getting no points in the pole vault that came to an end. This is the reality of the multi-events is that they could be having a great competition in the event but one false start or no height you are basically done. Jake will be great in this event and the more times he does it the less and less this will happen.”
Personal bests happened throughout the meet for the Ravens.
Junior Chelsea Morland had a personal best in the shot put along with Theresa Gross in the 800 and freshman Emilee Messer in the 600 yard. On the men’s side Shaun Clyncke had a great meet registering personal bests in the 400 and the 60m.
“The team is looking great and the athletes are producing personal and season bests left and right," said Coach Schmitz. "They are starting to peak at the right time and hopefully we can make a great appearance at the upcoming championship meets.”