DUBUQUE, Iowa - It was another excellent showing on Saturday for the Rockford University outdoor track and field teams at the University of Dubuque Invite. Junior thrower Jared Johnson (Miami, Fla.) broke his own school record in the hammer throw, senior Lexie Collins (Earlville, Ill.) tied the school record in the high jump and nearly every Regent set at least one new personal record. As a team, the Regents finished eleventh on the men's side and twelfth on the women's side.
Lexie Collins was the busiest Regent of the day, participating in a total of five events, setting three new personal records and tying a school record. Her top finish of the day came in the high jump where she tied the school record and took fourth place with a height of 1.36 meters. Collins also set new personal records in both the javelin and shot put with throws of 27.99 meters and 7.99 meters to finish sixth and 22nd respectively. Her final two events of the day were the 400 meter race and 100 meter hurdles. Collins finished 16th in the 400 meter with a time of 1:07.57 and 17th in the 100 meter hurdles with a wind-assisted time of 18.86 seconds.
The Regents' next highest finish on the women's team came from sophomore Maddy Pearson (Peru, Ill.). Pearson placed seventh in the javelin throw and set a new personal record with a distance of 25.32 meters.
Rockford's final three participants on the women's team all took part in the throwing events. Danielle Hanson (Machesney Park, Ill.) set personal records in the hammer and javelin with distances of 26.21 meters and 15.66 meters. Ali Jaeger (Jefferson, Wis.) set a trio of personal records in the shot put, hammer and javelin events with respective throws of 5.10 meters, 18.87 meters and 16.09 meters. Katrina Kopfhamer (Portage, Wis.) also set a new personal record in the shot put with a throw of 8.95 meters.
Rockford's two highest finishes on the men's team came from senior Cristan Newton (Shreveport, La.) and junior Joe Werkheiser (Lena, Ill.). Newton's top finish of the day came in the 3000 meter steeplechase where he placed seventh with a personal record time of 11:27.66. Werkheiser also recorded a seventh place finish in the 400 meter dash, when he crossed the finish line in 53.02 seconds.
Junior Jared Johnson continued his assault on the Rockford University record book on Saturday. Johnson broke his own school record in the hammer throw and finished thirteenth with a distance of 38.77 meters.
The Regents had four more individuals take part in the throwing events. Devon Lawrence (Loves Park, Ill.) set a trio of personal records in the shot put, discus and javelin. Lawrence finished 18th in the shot put with a distance of 10.54 meters, 16th in the discus with a distance of 35.07 meters and 11th in the javelin with throw of 34.77 meters. Nick Thomas (Winslow, Ariz.) also had a nice day as he set a pair of new personal records in the shot put and hammer. Thomas finished 15th in the shot put with a distance of 11.07 meters and 23rd in the hammer with a throw of 27.51 meters. However, his highest finish of the day came in the javelin, where he finished 10th with a throw of 37.07 meters. Alex Evitts (Aurora, Ill.) also set multiple new personal records on Saturday. Evitts finished 27th in the discus and 15th in the javelin with personal record distances of 24.99 meters and 24.35 meters. Sophomore Bailey Beard (Rockford, Ill.) was the final Regent to set a personal record at the Dubuque Invite. In his only event of the day, Beard finished 13th in the javelin, with a throw of 29.28 meters.
Nick Noel (Belvidere, Ill.) was the final Regent to compete at the Dubuque Invite. Noel finished 21st in the 1500 meter race with a time of 5:32.64.
The RU outdoor track and field teams return to competition next Saturday, April 28 at the Beloit Relays.