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Women Fourth, Men Seventh at MWC Indoor Championships

February 23, 2018

The Beloit women’s and men’s track and field teams wrapped up competition in the Midwest Conference Championships hosted by Ripon College Saturday finishing fourth and seventh respectively. First-year Eva Laun-Smith (Beloit, Wis.) capped her first indoor championship with two titles in the final day of competition.

The Buccaneers owned the triple jump Saturday taking three of the top four spots. Laun-Smith registered a leap of 37’6.50 (11.44 meters) to win her second event title of the MWC indoor championships followed by junior Aleeshah Heinzen (Beaver Dam, Wis.) in second with a jump of 37’0.50 (11.29 meters). First-year Lena Ramsey’s (Chicago, Ill.) distance of 34’11 (10.64 meters) was good for fourth place.

Laun-Smith wrote her name in history with a gold in 60-meter hurdles crossing the finish line in 8.99 seconds. With her third title of the championships, Laun-Smith tied the program record for the most titles earned at a single indoor conference championship in Beloit College history. Laun-Smith’s three conference titles now stands as the second-most earned in a career in Beloit women’s track and field history behind Stephanie Muller’s seven career indoor titles.

Ramsey and Heinzen finished fourth and sixth in the 60-meter dash with times of 8.04 and 8.14 respectively to add eight points to the team total.

First-year Toni Bonds (Milwaukee, Wis.) added to the team total with a fourth place finish in the 400 registering a time of 1:00.65. Bonds combined with junior Genesis Dade (Riverside, Calif.), first-year Aminah Crawford (Beloit, Wis.) and junior Melissa Pelkey (Franklin, Wis.) to posted a time of 4:21.39 in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay, to finish fifth.

Two second-place finishes highlighted the men’s competition Saturday. Beloit’s foursome of sophomore Charles Sandberg (Chicago, Ill.), first-year Mauricio Penn (Laredo, Texas) and juniors Jack Klobucar (Beloit, Wis.) and Dan Arkes (Chicago, Ill.) stopped the clock in 10:37.49 for second in the distance medley relay. Junior Jose Gutierrez (Beloit, Wis.) recorded the other second-place finish with a time of 8.51 in the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Matthew Miller (Florence, Colo.) placed seventh in the event with a time of 9.01.

First-year Fernando Castillo (Lockhart, Texas) added fifth-place points in the 60-meter dash stopping the clock in school record time. His time of 7.13 bested his own mark of 7.16, which he set in the prelims of the event Friday. Castillo added to the team total with a sixth-place finish in the 200-meters in a time of 22.86.

Also adding points to the team total, Miller posted a height of 11’5.75 (3.50 meters) for sixth in the pole vault, Arkes crossed the line in 9:00.93 in the 3000-meter run  for eighth and senior Dakotah Revai (Waupaca, Wis.) recorded a toss of 45’0.25 (13.72 meters) for eighth in the weight throw.

Final Women’s Standings | Final Results

1.     St. Norbert – 178
2.     Monmouth – 127
3.     Cornell College – 87
4.     Beloit – 81
5.     Ripon – 59
6.     Illinois College – 51
7.     Grinnell – 43
8.     Knox – 331
9.     Lawrence – 25
10.   Lake Forest – 20

Final Men’s Standings | Final Results

1.     Monmouth – 145
2.     Illinois College – 121
3.     St. Norbert– 110
4.     Cornell College – 106
5.     Lawrence – 52
6.     Knox – 50
7.     Beloit – 41
8.     Grinnell – 31
9.     Ripon – 30
10.   Lake Forest - 15


Friday Recap

The Beloit College men’s and women’s track and field team set multiple school records and a facility record during the first day of competition in the Midwest Conference Track and Field Championships hosted by Ripon College Friday.

First-year phenom Eva Laun-Smith (Beloit, Wis.) continued to make her mark on the Beloit record book with her first conference title in the long jump. Laun-Smith’s leap of 18’ 3.25” (5.57 meters) broke the program record, one she set earlier this season, and registers as a top 17 distance in Division III. Teammate and fellow first-year Lena Ramsey (Chicago, Ill.) also represented Beloit on the podium with a third-place jump of 17’ 3.25” (5.26 meters), her personal best.

Laun-Smith and Ramsey teamed with fellow first-year Toni Bonds (Milwaukee, Wis.) and junior Genesis Dade (Riverside, Calif.) to take fourth in the 4x200 meter relay. The foursome set the program record with a time of 1:48.05.

Junior Linnae Capuder (Bloomingdale, Ill.) added points to Beloit’s team total with a fifth place finish in the pole vault with a height of 8’7 (2.62 meters).

The Bucs’ foursome of Dade, Bonds, junior Melissa Pelkey (Franklin, Wis.) and first-year Aminah Crawford (Beloit, Wis.) took seventh in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:36.95.

The Beloit women’s team is in fourth in the team standings heading into day two of the championship meet.

The Beloit men’s sprint medley relay team bolstered their team total Friday night with a third place finish. The foursome including first-year Fernando Castillo (Lockhart, Texas) in the lead leg followed by juniors Jason Dormon (Accra, Ghana), Jose Gutierrez (Beloit, Wis.) and Jack Klobucar (Beloit, Wis.) registered a time of 3:38.80.

Junior Dan Arkes (Chicago, Ill.) added more points to the team total with a fourth place finish and personal best time of 15:31.93 in the 5,000 meter run.

In 60-meter hurdles qualifying, Laun-Smith’s time of 8.95 broke the school record and Ripon College’s facility record. Her top qualifying time bests the field by nearly half a second and registers as a top 15 time currently in Division III.

Two Buccaneers will represent the women’s team in the finals of the 60-meter dash. Junior Aleeshah Heinzen (Beaver Dam, Wis.) qualified fifth with a personal best time of 8.13 and Ramsey posted the seventh-best time in the trials, 8.15.

Qualifying for finals on the men’s side, Castillo broke the Beloit school record with a time of 7.16 in the 60-meter dash prelims. Two Bucs will represent Beloit in the 60-meter hurdles finals Saturday. Gutierrez qualified with the third fastest time in the event, 8.69, followed by sophomore Matthew Miller (Florence, Colo.) who posted a time of 8.86.

Saturday’s events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 with field events. Track events are slated to begin at noon with the final event, the 4x400 meter relay scheduled to start at 3:05.

For more information including links to schedule/results, live video and facility information visit the Championship Webpage.

Team Standings After Day One


  1.  St. Norbert - 79
  2. Monmouth - 41
  3. Cornell - 34
  4. Beloit - 31
  5. Grinnell - 23
  6. Illinois - 17
  7. Ripon - 17
  8. Lawrence - 14
  9. Lake Forest - 9
  10. Knox - 8


  1. Monmouth - 58
  2. St. Norbert - 53
  3. Cornell - 44
  4. Illinois - 31
  5. Lawrence - 23
  6. Ripon - 18
  7. Knox - 14
  8. Grinnell - 14
  9. Beloit - 11
  10. Lake Forest - 7