Posted Online: May 08, 2013, 12:44 am
SAU track teams have great MCC Championships
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College track & field
MCC Championships: The St. Ambrose University women completed the Midwest Collegiate Conference triple crown with a 243-228 win over Mount Mercy for the MCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. That gave the Queen Bees the triple crown – wining the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field titles in the same school year for the first time in school history. It was SAU's second outdoor team title in four years.
There were plenty of local highlights for the Queen Bees. Former Moline prep and senior Tina Eden (19:11.17) won the 5,000, leading a 1-2-3-4 SAU sweep; Trineisha Gray (RIHS) won the triple jump (34-10.5); Morgan Meseke (Pleasant Valley) won the 10,000 (41:08.14) and former Alleman prep Mary Adlfinger was third to also earn All-MCC honors; Nicole Wager (Wethersfield) won the 3,000 steeplechase (11:57.70) and also scored in the 800 and 5000; and Jaclyn Scavuzzo (Sherrard) has a broken back and won on her only pole vault attempt, clearing 9-6. DeVore, Tara Goehrke, Autumn Vergeyle (UTHS) and Marissa Dunkerley (400 winner) won the 4x400 in 4:06.54, beating Grand View by .33 for SAU's first 4x4 win since 2003. Mandy Streu finished in the top three in shot put, discus and hammer throw, qualifying for nationals in the shot put and hammer throw.
SAU's men pushed Grand View, but fell 304-279 for a second-place finish.
John Darmody won Track Athlete of the Year, competing his own triple crown. He became the first conference history to win XC Harrier of the Year, Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Darmody won the 800, 1500, 3000 steeplechase and 5000 and also scored in the 400 hurdles. Wes Vaden won the shot put (51-9), qualifying him for the NAIA National Championships and breaking the school record by 3/4 of an inch. He earned All-MCC honors in shot put, discus and hammer throw.
Locally, Raimon Clay (UTHS) earned All-MCC honors with a third-place 10.88 in the 100; Kaz Johnson (Mon-Rose) and Tanner Ewing (Wethersfield) went 2-3 for All-MCC honors in the 110 hurdles; and Nick Wager (Wethersfield) was All-MCC in the pole vault (13-feet).
SAU coach Dan Tomlin won both Men's and Women's Coach of the Year for the Conference.