Shockers Take Second at Mark Colligan Memorial

WICHITA, Kan. – Both the Wichita State men’s and women’s track and field teams took second-place overall at the Mark Colligan Memorial. The Shocker men totaled 141 points and the Shocker women totaled 139 points.

“To be honest, I think we performed better than I expected,” head coach Steve Rainbolt said. “We had a lot of great performances, and as a team to beat a quality oppenent like UT-Arlington really shows the progression we have made so far during this indoor season. I was encouraged with all of our athletes’ efforts and right now with our focus on the team effort, overall I was very impressed with our men and women.”

Ashley Petersen won the high jump event for the second weekend in a row. This time, Petersen’s winning jump of 5′-9 3/4”  which topped her winning jump of 5’8” last weekend. Kiara Giles earned a second-place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 57.10 seconds, and Shanice Andrews also brought home a second-place finsih with a jump of 40′-0 1/2”  in the women’s triple jump that highlighted the women’s individual performances.


Emily Cook and Sadie Suenram scored a total of 11 points for the Wichita State women’s team in the women’s weight throw. Cook’s best throw measured 51′-6 1/2” earned a third-place finish and six points, while Suenram’s fourth-place throw recorded 50′-11 1/2” which earned Wichita State five points.

Fresh off a second and third place finish a day ago at the Prairie Wolf Invitational, Nikki and Taylor Larch-Miller finished third and fourth overall in the 60-meter hurdles. Savannah Wright finished fourth in the women’s one-mile run in a time of 5:11.35.

Samantha Shukla broke the 10-minute barrier in the 3,000-meter run. Shukla posted a time of 9:58.89 that won the event and Sidney Hirsch came in second in a time of 10:02.28.

In the women’s 600-meter run, senior Natalie Morerod ran 1:32.29 that placed third overall and scored six team points.

To conclude the women’s track and field competition, the 4x400m relay team of Nora Zajovics, Taylor Thomas, Gavyn Yetter, and Natalie Morerod took second place with a time of 3:48.22.

Robbie Martinez-Garcia’s 800-meter winning time of 1:54.08 was the top individual performance for the Wichita State men. Garcia earned nine points for the men’s squad and a first-place individual finish. Kelvin Busienei placed fourth overall in the event with a time of 1:54.73.

In the men’s throwing events: Weston Cottrell and Jeff Conner scored the first points for the Wichita State men in the men’s weight throw. Cottrell finished second-place with a throw of 58′-3” which was good for seven points and Conner’s throw of 57′-9 1/2” was good for a third-place finish and six points overall. Zach Loesch took home third in the men’s shot put throw with a distance of 49′-2 1/2”.

Ethan Pearson and Hunter Veith collected fourth-place finishes in the pole vault and long jump events. Pearson improved his pole vault height to 15′-7” that gave the men’s team six points for the men’s team. Veith’s long jump distance of 23′-0 1/2” that scored five points for the men’s team.

Dave Brandhoff and Garret Lynch took second and third-place, respectively, in the men’s high-jump competition. Brandhoff jumped 6’11 3/4” which was the winning height but more faults prevented him from taking first-place. Lynch took third-place with a jump of 6’10 3/4” which was an improvement from last week’s home track meet.

The men’s 3,000-meter run saw Ugis Jocis place second overall, posting a time of 8:27.44.

Wichita State track and field will host its second meet of the indoor season next weekend at the Varsity Apartments Invitational on Jan. 31-Feb.1







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