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Laun-Smith Wins Long Jump in First Day of MWC Championships

May 11, 2018

First-year Eva Laun-Smith continues to make her mark in the program record book with her fourth Midwest Conference individual title, first outdoor title and two more school records in the first day of the MWC Track and Field Championships hosted by Monmouth College Friday. The Buccaneer women’s team is fourth while the men are fifth after the first day of competition.

Laun-Smith’s school record leap of 5.47 meter (17-11.5) bested the competition by nine inches and marks her fourth MWC individual event title adding to her three from the indoor championships just a few months ago. The Bucs went 1-3-4 in the event with Aleeshah Heinzen and Lena Ramsey recording the same distance (5.22 meters, 17-1.5) but Heinzen taking third on jumps.

Laun-Smith also added points to the team total in the javelin with a heave of 28.95 meters (94-11.75), good for eighth place.

On the men’s side, multiple Buccaneers finished in the top eight of finals events. Matthew Miller registered a height of 4.01 meters (13-2) to take fourth in the pole vault. Jason Dormon posted a height of 1.88 meters (6-2) to finish fifth in the high jump. Two Bucs added points to the team total in the hammer throw led by Dakotah Revai’s sixth-place toss of 45.81 meters (150-3.5). Ethan Harycki followed in seventh with a distance of 41.89 meters (137-5.25).

In the track events, Jack Klobucar and Charles Sandberg finished in fifth and sixth with times of 4:05.84 and 4:07.40 in the 1,500-meter run. In the 10,000-meter run, Dan Arkes crossed the line fifth stopping the lock in 33:55.43.

A number of Bucs qualified for the finals that will take place Saturday along with the remainder of the field events. Leading the way is Laun-Smith in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 14.76 in the preliminaries sets a new program record in the event. Also running in the finals tomorrow are Aminah Crawford and Ramsey in the 100-meter dash, Crawford in the 200 and Toni Bonds in the 400.

On the men’s side, Jose Gutierrez and Matthew Miller each qualified for the finals in two events, the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. Dormon will run in the 100-meter dash finals while Fernando Castillo and Mauricio Penn qualified in the 200 and 400 respectively.

In addition to the track event finals, tomorrow’s action will feature the women’s hammer throw, men’s shot put, women’s high jump, men’s and women’s triple jump, men’s javelin, women’s discus, men’s and women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.

Team Standings After Day One
1. St. Norbert - 64
2. Monmouth - 52
3. Cornell - 26
4. Beloit - 25
5. Ripon - 24
6. Grinnell - 22
7. Illinois - 10
8. Lawrence - 8
9. Lake Forest - 2

1. Monmouth - 91
2. Illinois - 44
3. Cornell - 38.5
4. St. Norbert - 25.5
5. Beloit - 24
6. Lawrence - 23
7. Ripon - 19.5
8. Lake Forest - 6
9. Knox - 1.5

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