DE PERE, Wis. - It was a great start to the Men's Track & Field championship season on Saturday for the Wisconsin Private College Championships hosted by St. Norbert College. The weather was perfect conditions and definitely helped the Falcons perform well, as they finished in fifth place as a team.
Junior John Balsman (Rockford, Ill.) had a day full of big performances beginning with the 4x100-meter relay. The relay, consisting of sophomore Dylan Krivoshein (Cedarburg, Wis.), freshman Nick Simich (Bartlett, Ill.) and Bathong Pham (Milwaukee, Wis.) were in fourth place when Balsman got the baton at the last straightaway. Balsman ran a record split in the race, catching and passing all other teams for an exciting finish, coming in first place. Balsman also ran personal best times in both the 100-meter dash (10.91) reigning in second place and finishing in third place for the 200-meter dash with another personal best time of 22.55. Balsman is now ranked 50th in the nation and first in the NAC for his performance in the 100-meter dash.
Also on the track, freshman Damon Nick (Slinger, Wis.) had an outstanding day, shaving almost a whole second off of his time in the 110-meter hurdles. Nick ran a time of 15.54 in the race, earning first place and scoring ten points for the team. Nick now ranks second in the conference in the event.
Junior Martin Hinze (Bourbonnais, Ill.) won the 3000-meter steeplechase with by 14 seconds. In the 1500-meter, sophomore Christopher Biesboer (Elmhurst, Ill.), freshman Johann Hink (Cedarburg, Wis.) and freshman Micah Fritz (Roseville, Minn.) all ran a personal record times in the 1500 with 4:31.2, 4:34.6 and 5:04.3, respectively. Sophomore Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.) and freshman Adam Fell (Mundelein, Ill.) scored a combined nine points for the Falcons in the 5000-meter run where Coop came in third and Fell finished sixth.
In the field events, sophomore Ryan Billman (Fond du Lac, Wis.) hit two big PRs in the long jump and javelin, qualifying for finals in both events. Billman earned seventh place in long jump with a jump of 6.20 meters and fifth place in javelin with 42.64 meterse bumping his rank in the NAC to second place. Krivoshein also hit a big PR in the event with a toss of 39.72 meterse.
Sophomore Andrew Faber (Germantown, Wis.) had a great day of performances with a PR in the hammer of 44.00 meters and in the shot put with 12.40 meters. Faber made it to finals in the hammer and scored sixth place for the Falcons and now ranks third in conference.
In the pole vault, sophomore Josh Lehr (Appleton, Wis.) scored a second place finish with his outdoor PR vault of 3.85 meters. Jacob Schwark also hit a PR in the event, clearing 11 feet in his vault of 3.4meters as he finished in fifth place.
The Falcons will return to action Friday and Saturday when they compete at the NAC Championships, hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College.
WATCH the 4X100-meter dash the Falcons took first place in!