First-year Eva Laun-Smith and junior Jose Gutierrez combined to take gold in four events in the second day of the Midwest Conference Championships hosted by Monmouth College. Laun-Smith added Field Performer of the Meet and Newcomer of the Year recognition while Buccaneer head coach Brian Bliese was named the Women’s Co-Coach of the Year. The Buccaneer women tied for third, their best finish in over ten years at the championships, while the men took fourth.
Laun-Smith has already become one of the most decorated women’s track and field athletes at Beloit College in just one year of competition. In addition to the long jump title she earned Friday, Laun-Smith added golds in the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles to bring her combined number of indoor and outdoor individual conference titles to six. Just like the indoor championships a few months ago, Laun-Smith’s performance led to Field Performer of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors.
Gutierrez continues to own the 400-meter hurdles in the MWC with his third consecutive outdoor title in the event. He also defended his 2017 title in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday bringing his career total of outdoor titles to five.
The Buc women finished 1-2-5 in the triple jump to lead the team. Laun-Smith posted a distance of 11.78 meters (38-7.75) followed by the 2016 MWC champion in the event, Aleeshah Heinzen’s leap of 11.20 meters (36-9) in second. Lena Ramsey added fifth place points for the Bucs with a jump of 10.61 meters (34-9.75).
Laun-Smith bested the competition in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.89.
Aminah Crawford made the podium in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.52 for third place. Ramsey was fifth in the event crossing the line in 12.64. Other individuals adding points to the team total Saturday include Toni Bonds in the 400 (5th, 1:00.46), Melissa Pelkey in the 800 (7th, 2:24.12), Crawford in the 200 (8th, 26.89) and Josie Zabran in the shot put (8th, 40.51 meters, 132-11).
Both of the Bucs’ relays teams earned podium spots finishing third in both races. The 4x100 squad of Ramsey, Genesis Dade, Crawford and Heinzen were clocked in 49.69. Bonds and Pelkey joined Dade and Crawford in the 4x400 to register a time of 4:04.33.
Gutierrez was clocked in 15.24 and 53.99 to win the 110 and 400 meter hurdles respectively. Miller finished in third (15.39) and eighth (58.02) in the two events.
In the 3,000 steeplechase, Charles Sandberg crossed the line second with a time of 9:58.24. Dan Arkes was fifth in the event with a time of 10:13.21. Scott Fuchs continued to impress in the javelin. In his first year competing in the event, Fuchs finished second with a distance of 55.89 meters (183-04).
Jack Klobucar added third place points to the team total stopping the clock in 1:58.12 in the 800. Three Bucs crossed the line in seventh in their events including Mauricio Peen in the 400 (51.20), Jason Dormon in the 100 (11.26) and Fernando Castillo in the 200 (22.19).
Gutierrez led off the Bucs’ 4x400 relay team that also featured Klobucar, Penn and Sandberg that took fifth with a time of 3:26.10. Travis Price joined Gutierrez, Dormon and Castillo to register a sixth-place finish in the 4x100 relay crossing the line in 44.13.
1. SNC 194
2. Monmouth 156
3. Beloit, Cornell 86
5. Ripon 69
6. Illinois 64
7. Grinnell 51
8. Knox 40
9. Lawrence 23
10. Lake Forest 10
1. Monmouth 201
2. Illinois 136
3. Cornell 115.50
4. Beloit 90
5. SNC 88.50
6. Ripon 45.50
7. Knox 37.50
8. Lawrence 35
9. Lake Forest 20
10. Grinnell 10