KENOSHA, Wis. – It was a phenomenal meet for Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday at the UW-Parkside Classic Open as the men finished third and the women placed seventh, both season bests for each side as great performances and personal records were set.
The Falcon men earned 76 points for third place out of 14 competing teams. The women had 55 points for seventh of 14 competing teams.
Freshman Tyler White (Milwaukee, Wis.) and sophomore Ryan Gardner (Winneconne, Wis.) both triple jumped for the first time this meet, and each had outstanding and promising performances. White's jump of 12.88-meters placed him second and Gardner's jump of 12.77-meters was good for third place after only a week of practice in the event. White also had a season-best in long jump (6.61-meters) to earn first-place honors in the event by .01 meter.
In the pole vault, sophomore Josh Lehr (Appleton, Wis.) broke a barrier vaulting 4.0-meters, his highest height during his collegiate career.
Recovering from an injury, sophomore Andrew Faber (Germantown, Wis.) hit a much-anticipated personal record in the weight throw with a toss of 14.20-meters to make the finals and place seventh in the meet and fourth in the Northern Athletics Conference. Sophomore Jordan Watson (De Valle, Texas) and freshman Frank Jesse Long (Elwood, Ill.) also both broke PRs in the weight throw event.
Junior Martin Hinze (Bourbonnais, Ill.) had yet another great race in the 800-meters breaking the 2:00 mark with a time of 1:58.85 to earn third place in the meet and move him into first place in the NAC. Freshman Cullen Schuh (Big Bend, Wis.) also ran in the race and did great his first time competing this season due to injury. Schuh ran 2:05.82 in the race.
The distance crew held their own in the 3,000-meters, running in a pack most of the way. Freshman Adam Fell (Mundelein, Ill.), sophomore Robert Meilbeck (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.), freshman Johann Hink (Cedarburg, Wis.), sophomore Christopher Biesboer (Elmhurst, Ill.) and freshman Stephen Bernau (Courtland, Minn.) all hit great times in the race.
In the 200-meter dash, junior Jonny Balsman (Rockford, Ill.) ran a PR of 23.00 seconds to earn fourth place in the race and moving him into to third place in the NAC standings. Freshman Nick Simich (Bartlett, Ill.) and Gardner also had good races placing in the meet.
The men's 4x400-meter relay consisting of sophomore Dylan Krivoshein (Cedarburg, Wis.), Balsman, junior Sean Pawlak (Germantown, Wis.) and freshman Mike Prue (Kenosha, Wis.) ran a tough race to the finish. The Falcons had a slow start and were in third place until Pawlak got the baton and advanced the team into second place. Prue then received the baton about 25 meters behind Benedictine University, who had a solid lead from the beginning, and caught their runner during the last 100 meter. It was neck and neck to the finish, with the Falcons coming out with the win in the second heat to place second overall. CUW's 4x400-meter relay team now ranks third in the NAC.
Other outstanding performances on the men's side include Pawlak and Prue earning fourth and seventh place, respectively, in the 400-meter at the meet and both now rank first and second in the NAC.
The Falcons have a week off from competition before traveling to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin Red & White Open.