Multiple Buccaneers improved their rank in the conference and national outdoor performance lists under the lights at Loras College’s Dr. Tucker Open Friday night. No team scores were kept/were available from the meet.
Eva Laun-Smith and Aleeshah Heinzen highlighted the Beloit College women’s program at the meet. Laun-Smith topped the competition in the triple jump with a school record leap of 11.94 meters (39-2.25). That mark is tops in the Midwest Conference and ranks fourth in NCAA Division III. Heinzen finished fourth in the event with a jump of 11.20 meters (36-9) to move into second in the conference performance list.
The pair also go 1-2 in the MWC performance list in the long jump. Heinzen was fifth in the event Friday with a distance of 5.17 meters (16-11.5) which is second to Laun-Smith’s mark set earlier this spring.
Heinzen got in on the track action as the anchor leg of the Bucs’ first-place 4x100 relay squad. Aminah Crawford, Lena Ramsey and Genesis Dade joined Heinzen to register a time of 49.72 to best the competition in the event. Beloit’s 4x400 relay team of Toni Bonds, Crawford, Melissa Pelkey and Dade crossed the line second stopping the clock in 4:03.07, a time that ranks second in the conference this spring.
Dade and Bonds finished sixth and eighth in the 200 meters, 26.68 and 26.84 respectively, both top 15 times in the MWC this season. Pelkey recorded a time of 2:27.19 to move into the top 10 of the conference outdoor performance list in the 800 meter run. Crawford’s 12.71 in the 100-meter dash was fifth Friday and ranks sixth in the MWC.
Jose Gutierrez highlighted the Buccaneer men competing Friday with a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Gutierrez was clocked in 53.20, the top time in the MWC this season by over 2.5 seconds and currently ranked 11th nationally. Matthew Miller was fifth in the event Friday with a time of 56.93.
Scott Fuchs continues to impress in the javelin with the top throw Friday to improve his second-best distance in the MWC to 54.36 meters (178-4).
Miller crossed the line second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32, ranked third in the MWC this season. Dan Arkes and Charles Sandberg led Beloit in the distance events with times of 4:12.04 and 4:12.66 to finish eighth and ninth respectively Friday. Those times are both top 15 times in the conference this spring.