Westminster Track and Field Sees Records Broken over Weekend
BY BEN CAMPBELL
The Westminster men’s and women’s track team competed in the Meet of Champions at Augustana College this past weekend. The men’s team placed 13th in the competition, while the women finished 12th.
Jessie Kuykendall, ‘19, broke the 10,000-meter record by nearly 20 seconds with her 40:08:76, fifth-place finish.
“It was amazing,” Kuyekendall said. “It felt good to know my hard work had paid off. I had never run the 10k before, but my coach helped me stay focused and on pace throughout the race.”
Taylor Howard, ‘18, placed 22nd in the 400 meter hurdles, 25th in the 400-meter dash, and 30th in the pole vault.
For athletes like Howard, the ability to compete in different events is an opportunity they relish.
“I love being able to take part in multiple events,” Howard said. “I’m always getting to compete, and I never have to wait around for my events.”
On the men’s side, Glenn Teubner, ‘17, placed 7th out of 25 competitors in the 5,000-meter run with his time of 15:57:56. Addison Conway, ‘18, finished the 400-meter dash in 53.79 seconds, while Logan Shoemaker, ‘18, finished 15th out of 39 shotput competitors, with a 13.48-meter throw.
When it comes to running track, preparation is crucial to success.
“We alternate sprinting and endurance runs every day,” Conway said. “The amount we run varies each day, but it’s important for us to be sharp for both short sprints and long distances.”
The Blue Jays compete in the True Blue Twilight at Illinois College on April 29 before the Conference Invitational on May 7.