T&F: Vikings Perform Well in Aberdeen

Apr 7th, 2012 @ 11:38 am | Author: Viking Sprots Admin
On April 6, the VCSU Vikings headed to Aberdeen, SD to compete in the Northern State University Track & Field Meet and, despite the windy hurricane like conditions, many Vikings had stellar performances.

Lisa Oliveras had a strong showing in the women's heptathlon, finishing 5th with 3146 points. Her best performance of the day came with her 3rd place finish in the pole vault with a vault of 8'11 ''. Summer Romine had a break out performance with her 2nd place finish in the high jump. Summer's jump of 1.55 meters (5'01'') is a personal best for her sophomore season and is tied with her overall collegiate personal best. This jump for Summer and the vault for Lisa placed them both on VCSU Track & Field Top Ten Performers Honor Roll in their respective events.

The Vikings had many finishers placing high in the throws. Ashley Gierke took home a 4th place with her effort of 36.37 meters (119'04'') 3rd in the hammer and Amber Volanti finished 4th in the javelin with a 37.10 meter (121'09'') toss. Karlie Thompson also fared well with her 10.38 meter (34'00 '') and 5th place finish in the shot put.

The Viking men had an impressive showing in both the sprints and throws. Phillip Reuer led the sprinters with his 2nd place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Reuer ran a 10.85 and a 22.3 respectively. Though wind aided, these are both career bests for the sophomore sprinter from Napoleon, ND. After his stellar performances, Phil said, 'I just go out there and give it my 100% every time. I feel pleased with my times so far, but there is always room for improvement.' Derek Elliott finished right behind him in the 100 with his 3rd place time of 11.00.

Darien Moore did not fail to disappoint with his 1st place performances in the shot put and hammer throw. Darien won the shot with a mark of 14.51 meters (47'07 '') and was followed by freshman, Tyler Meyer, finishing 9th. Darien's winning mark in hammer of 55.46 meters (181'11'') separated him from the rest of the field by more than 20 feet. Not only did this mark break the school record that he set the week before, but it also broke the stadium record at Northern State and moves him up to third on the national NAIA ranking. Jordan Aus and Tyler Meyer rounded off the top finishers in the throws. Aus placed 4th in the javelin with a toss of 46.91 meters (153'11'') and Meyer's 38.90 meters (127'07'') took home a 6th place finish in the discus.