MILWAUKEE - Despite unpleasant and rainy conditions day one of the Northern Athletics Conference Track & Field Championships went on today at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Today was the prelims in the sprints, while the 10,000-meter, hammer throw, javelin throw, triple jump also occured on Friday. Multi-event athletes also competed in the rainy weather. The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's team has plenty of strong performances as they currently sit in second place.
In the throws, sophomore Andrew Faber (Germantown, Wis.) hit almost a two meter personal record in the hammer throw, scoring second place and eight points for the Falcons despite the inclement conditions. Sophomore Jake Kroll (Germantown, Wis.) threw a PR of 33.64 meters in the event. Sophomore Ryan Billman (Fond du Lac, Wis.), freshman Trent Pacheco (Iron Mountain, Mich.) and sophomore Dylan Krivoshein (Cedarburg, Wis.) added a combined 13 points for CUW in the javelin. All three hit PRs in the event with Billman leading the way in second place with a throw of 42.89 meters, Pacheco took fifth with 41.25 meters and Krivoshein ninth with 39.81 meters.
Triple jump was also a successful event for CUW as freshman Tyler White (Milwaukee, WIs.) scored eight points with a jump of 13.66 meters, bringing home silver in the event.
In the sprints three Falcons qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash as junior John Balsman (Rockford, Ill.) is seeded fourth, Krivoshein eighth, and freshman Nick Simich (Barlett, Ill.) ninth. Balsman is also seeded fourth going into the finals in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Mike Prue (Kenosha, Wis.) ran a 52.04 in the 400-meter dash, ranking him third going into tomorrow, while freshman Damon Nick (Kenosha, Wis.) shaved 4.4 seconds off his 400-meter hurdle time during prelims today, seeding him third for tomorrow.
Also on the track, junior Martin Hinze (Bourbonnais, Ill.) ran the 3000-meter steeplechase and finished second, scoring eight points for the Falcons. Sophomores Robert Meilbeck (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) and Christopher Biesboer (Elmhurst, Ill.) both ran personal best times in the 10,000-meter run with 34:35.0 and 34:48.6, respectively.
Freshman Jacob Schwark (Fraser, Mich.) is ranked fifth going into day two of the decathlon with 2119 points and some of his best events yet to come.
Benedictine University currently leads all men's teams with 51 points but plenty of events on Saturday will give the Falcons (38) a chance to earn their second straight outdoor title.
Day two of the conference events begin tomorrow at 9:30 am with the rescheduled pole vault, 10 a.m. for field events and noon on the track.