Coop, Faber pace Men's Track & Field at Keck Invitational
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's track team traveled to Illinois Wesleyan University this past Saturday for the Keck Invitational. Although the team competed without several of their key athletes this weekend due to illness and injury, the Falcons persevered with several outstanding performances.
CUW was able to capture a sixth-place finish at the event after scoring 39 points. Monmouth won the event with 100 points, while Illinois State gained 72.5 points for a second-place finish.
Junior Andrew Faber (Germantown, Wis.) extended his personal best in the shot put with a toss of 13.8 meters, finishing second in the event. Faber's winning throw of 14.94 meters (49-00.25 ft) in the weight helped him gain 18 points over his two events, leading the Falcons. Sophomore Jacob Kroll (Germantown, Wis.) scored eighth place in the shot put where he threw a PR of 12.24 meters. Kroll also posted a PR of 11.05 meters in the weight throw. Freshman Jesse Smrcka (New Boston, Mich.) made his debut as a Falcon thrower this weekend and also hit PRs in both the shot put and weight throw with 12.0 and 12.75 meters, respectively.
Junior Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.) led the Falcons on the track with his first-place finish in the 5000-meter run with a 20 second personal best time of 15:40.8. Coop stayed right in the front pack for the whole race along with two IWU athletes until the last lap and a half where he pulled away with a six second lead, scoring 10 points for the Falcons. Freshman Aaron Reseburg (Sheboygan, Wis.) ran a great race in the event as well, with a PR time of 17:48.7. Freshman Zach Ziemann (Jackson, Wis. - pictured) added a personal best time in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:45.9 for a sixth-place finish.
In the sprints, sophomore Seth Donovan (Caledonia, Wis.) hit a new PR in the 200-meter run for the second consecutive week with a time of 23.71 seconds, ranking him seventh in the NACC.
The Falcons will be back in action next Saturday when they take part in the UW-Platteville Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin 11:00 a.m. and is one of the final two weeks CUW will compete before taking part in the NACC Championships March 1.