T&F: Meland sets school record at outdoor opener

Apr 7th, 2014 @ 1:25 pm | Author: VCSU Sports Information
The VCSU men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to their first outdoor meet of the season at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this past Saturday.

The biggest performance came from Jessica Meland in the hammer throw. She placed 8th in the field with a toss of 44.85m (147-02) and set the new school record in the event ¬– beating out her former teammate Amber Volanti who set the old record just two years ago. Meland wasn’t the only hammer thrower to have a great day as after this weekend Kate and Mary Roscoe also find themselves on the VCSU all-time performance list in the event in 6th and 7th spots, respectively.

Javelin throw went well for the Vikings also, where Jenna Coghlan found her best toss bring in a 6th place finish on the day. Coghlan said she wishes she could have thrown further but was pleased that she was able to still place, adding she “hopes to bounce back next week at NDSU.”

The men’s team also put on some valiant performances. Leading the way was Malik Jackson who racked up a 2nd place finish (34th overall) in his heat for the 1500m run with a time of 4:19.42. Jackson also managed to break the 2 minute mark in the 800m run and put a time down of 1:59.33, which game him a 12th place finish in what was a very fast field.

The VCSU sprints crew also pulled off a great race in the 4x100m relay, they managed to find fourth place even after a poor first exchange. Niklas Ernst also had a strong individual showing as he picked up a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.

VCSU takes to the track on Saturday, April 12 during the Dakota Duels at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
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