WHITEWATER, Wis. - The Rockford University indoor track and field teams kicked off their 2018 seasons on Saturday at the Karl Schlender Invitational. The Regents fared very well at the meet despite facing some very stiff competition against the likes of host UW-Whitewater and UW-Milwaukee.
The highest finish of the day came from the 4x400 meter relay team of Tyrece Ahrens (Kankakee, Ill.), Nathan Alldritt (Winnebago, Ill.), Jesus Campos (Chicago, Ill.) and Joe Werkheiser (Lena, Ill.). Rockford took third in the event with a time of 3:54.58.
Each of the four participants in the 4x400 meter relay all took part in at least one additional event. Ahrens had perhaps the best day out of anyone, as he also broke the RU school record in the long jump. His jump of 6.39 meters placed him fifth in the event and was nearly a half a meter farther than the previous school record of 5.96 meters, set back in 2012. He then wrapped up his day in the 200 meter race where he finished 15th with a time of 24.31 seconds. Alldritt also participated in two additional events, the long jump and 400 meter race. The sophomore took 14th in the long jump with a distance of 5.75 meters and 17th in the 400 meter with a time of 1:02.88. Campos ran in the 400 meter event where he finished 15th with a time of 58.36 seconds, and Werkheiser took 9th in the 600 meter race crossing the finish line in 1:35.48.
The group of Bailey Beard (Rockford, Ill.), Christian Devant (Winnebago, Ill.), Cristan Newton (Shreveport, La.) and Nick Noel (Belvidere, Ill.) all ran in both the 800 and the mile. Devant was the top finisher in both events for Rockford placing 7th in the 800 meter with a time of 2:13.06 and 7th in the mile crossing the finish line in 4:52.12. Newton also ran well turning in a 9th place finish in the mile with a time of 5:18.04 and a 10th place finish in the 800 meter with a time of 2:25.60. Beard was next up with a 10th place finish in the mile crossing the finish line in 5:25.72 and an 11th place finish in the 800 meter with a time of 2:26.77. Noel was the final member of the group, placing 12th in the 800 meter with a time of 2:50.61 and 13th in the mile, crossing the finish line in 6:04.05.
The duo of Jonathan Ponce Cuiriz (Kewanee, Ill.) and Devon Lawrence (Loves Park, Ill.) led Rockford in the throwing events. Ponce Cuiriz took 14th in the shot put with a throw of 9.88 meters and 15th in the weight throw with a distance of 10.47 meters. Lawrence finished 13th in the shot put with a throw of 10.11 meters and 16th in the weight throw with a distance of 9.64 meters.
The highest finish on the women's side came from Elina Lynge Wagner (Hvidore, Denmark). Wagner finished 4th in the mile run with a time of 7:03.23.
Senior Jamie Buechner (Island Lake, Ill.) ran in both the 60 meter dash and 200 meter race on Saturday. Buechner finished 12th in the 200 meter with a time of 29.67 seconds and 16th in the 60 meter with a time of 8.81 seconds.
Nicole Melson (Harvard, Ill.) and Ali Jaeger (Jefferson, Wis.) were the final two participants for the Regents at the Karl Schlender Invitational. Melson took 12th in the shot put with a throw of 8.84 meters and 13th in the weight throw with a distance of 9.57 meters. Jaeger finished 16th in the shot put with a distance of 4.71 meters.
The RU track and field teams return to competition next Friday, January 19 at the Ranger Relays. The meet has a scheduled start time of 2:30 PM.