CHICAGO, Ill. - The Rockford University indoor track and field teams participated in their final meet on Saturday prior to next weekend's Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships. Rockford had perhaps its best day of the season as the men finished in sixth place, while a short-handed women's team did not record a team score. Individually it was another stellar day for the Regents with thirteen top-10 finishes, numerous personal bests being set and one school record being broken.
Freshman Tyrece Ahrens (Kankakee, Ill.) stole the show with five top-10 finishes including winning one event and breaking a school record. Ahrens vanquished his competition in the long jump, winning the event with a distance of 6.20 meters. This marks the second time this season Ahrens has won the long jump, with the other coming back at the UW-Parkside Ranger Relays. The freshman also took fourth in the 400 meter race crossing the finish line in 52.16 seconds. His time in the 400 meter is currently the fourth fastest in the NACC this season. Ahrens then took sixth and broke the RU school record in the triple jump with a distance of 12.12 meters. His jump is currently the tenth longest in the conference this season. He then wrapped up his day with a sixth place finish in the high jump and a seventh place finish in the 60 meter dash. Ahrens' distance of 1.69 meters in the high jump is a new personal best and is the ninth farthest in the NACC this year. His time of 7.23 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60 meter is a new personal best and 12th fastest so far this year in the conference.
Nathan Alldritt (Winnebago, Ill.) had one top-10 finish and set a new personal best. Alldritt's highest finish came in the pole vault where he placed fifth with a season-best height of 3.81 meters. His height ranks ninth best so far this season in the NACC. Alldritt also took part in the 200 meter and 400 meter races. He took 16th in the 200 meter with a personal best time of 24.72 seconds and 18th in the 400 meter with a time of 1:00.67.
Christian Devant (Winnebago, Ill.) turned in a pair of eighth places finishes for Rockford. Devant set a new personal best in the mile when he crossed the finish line in 4:41.16, which is the 11th best time in the NACC this year. He then finished the 800 meter event in 2:05.28, which is the 14th fastest time in the NACC so far this season.
Junior Jared Johnson (Miami, Fla.) continues to lead the Regents in the throwing events. Johnson took seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 12.77 meters. He also took 12th in the shot put with a personal best distance of 12.02 meters. His throw in the shot put currently ranks seventh in the NACC.
Nick Thomas (Winslow, Ariz.) also had a good afternoon, setting a new personal best in the long jump. Thomas placed ninth in the event with a distance of 4.92 meters.
Jesus Campos (Chicago, Ill.) set a pair of personal bests in the 60 meter dash and 400 meter race. Campos finished ninth in the 60 meter crossing the finish line in 7.47 seconds and 15th in the 400 meter race with a time of 56.07 seconds.
Joe Werkheiser (Lena, Ill.) was the final individual to record a top-10 finish on Saturday. Werkheiser finished tenth in the 400 meter race with a time of 54.82 seconds and 16th in the 800 meter event crossing the finish line in 2:12.98.
The other top-10 performance of the day came courtesy of the men's 4x400 meter relay team. The team of Jesus Campos, Bailey Beard (Rockford, Ill.), Christian Devant and Joe Werkheiser took sixth in the event with a time of 3:45.10.
The top three performances on the women's team all came in the throwing events. Senior Nicole Melson (Harvard, Ill.) led the way with a pair of twelfth place finishes in the shot put and weight throw with respective distances of 9.55 meters and 11.80 meters. Katrina Kopfhamer (Portage, Wis.) also performed well, finishing 14th in the weight throw with a distance of 11.02 meters and 15th in the shot put with a throw of 8.27 meters. Ali Jaeger (Jefferson, Wis.) took 18th in the shot put with a throw of 4.68 meters and 23rd in the weight throw with a personal best distance of 5.72 meters.
The RU indoor track and field teams return to action next Sunday, February 25 at the NACC Indoor Championships at Carthage College.