Derek LeBlanc re-set his school jump records once again.
March 21, 2009
CINCINNATI - The men's and women's track and field teams opened the outdoor season by dominating the school record books like never before. In total, 14 school records were set at the Early Bird Relays at the University of Cincinnati, the most ever set in one day. The women finished the meet in third while the men earned a second place nod.
On the men's side, the record-setting performances are highlighted by the 5,000 meter run turned in by the Musketeers. Sophomore Tommy Kauffmann shaved six seconds off XU alum Ben Milroy's record with his 14:42.47 performance. Senior Luke Beuerlein, right on Kauffmann's heels, would also broke the mark with his 14:43.23 time. Freshmen Keith Albrektson (15:25.71) and Kyle Schenkel (15:52.45) also ran personal best times, making XU particularly strong in the race with four personal best times.
Freshman Brian Armstrong will have his name appear three more times in the record books after today, turning in top times in the 100 meter dash (11.49), 200 meter dash (22.84), and as a member of the 4x100 meter relay team of Armstrong, sophomore Ryan Ulmer, freshman Kurtis Polacek, and freshman Nick Williams (43.27).
Junior Derek LeBlanc continued his record-setting improvements in the jumps, setting new marks in the long jump (6.65m) and triple jump (13.83m), which he won.
Sophomore Jory DelCecato set the new men's discus record with his throw of 43.85m. In the men's 400 meter dash, Williams set another record with his second-place finish at 49.24. Ulmer also ran well with a sixth place, 51.79 time.
On the women's side, senior Becky Clark continued her impressive 2009 campaign by knocking four seconds off her own 5,000 meter record with her second-place time of 17:15.97. Sophomore Caitlin Thomas (18:18.90), junior Angela Menke (18.22.04) and senior Amy Sanders (18:27.02) also ran well.
Freshman Emily Tyler established records in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles with her times of 15.77 and 1:06.74, respectively. Tyler was also the leading leg of the 4x100 meter relay team that took down the two-year old school record with their time of 50.48. That team was made up of Tyler, freshman Brittani Peltz, sophomore Lauryn Dugan, and senior Danna Deans.
Deans also performed well in the long jump with a leap of 5.15 meters. Tyler also turned in a great jump at 4.82m. Sophomore Katie Anderson's javelin throw of 32.90 meters established the XU school record in the event. In the 1,500 run, the sub-five minute times were turned in by junior Bethany Moore (4:45.77), freshman Caylin Howell (4:51.74), freshman Megan Casey (4:57.73), and junior Kate Phillips (4:58.07). A strong performance was also delivered by freshman Grace Venzor in the 800 meter run (2:17.31, fourth place).
Next weekend on March 28, the Musketeers will travel down to the University of Cincinnati's campus once more for the Oliver Nikiloff Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.