ST. LOUIS – Competing in a meet that featured several strong track & field programs, the Concordia University Wisconsin men's team began its outdoor season this weekend at the Washington University Invitational.
While the weather wasn't what CUW was hoping for, the team did begin the outdoor season with some strong performances. Several Falcons set new personal records during the two-day meet.
In the throwing events, junior William Sommer (Germantown, Wis.) had a very strong weekend by gaining PRs in the shot put and discus. Sommer bested his previous mark in the discus by two meters, recording a throw of 34.07 meters, while adding a toss of 12.35 in the shot put. Freshman Jesse Smrcka (New Boston, Mich.) competed in three events for the Falcons, finishing with personal bests in the shot put (11.28 meters), discus (30.74) and hammer throw (33.77).
Junior Andrew Faber (Germantown, Wis.) added a PR in the javelin throw (39.61 meters), while sophomore Seth Donovan (Caledonia, Wis.) added a PR in the discus (26.9). Donovan also competed on the track, running a personal-best 22.98 in the 200-meter dash.
Donovan wasn't the only Falcon to record a personal best on the track. Junior Robert Meilbeck (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) topped his previous best 5K time by over 10 seconds in running a 16:24.44. Freshman Zach Ziemann (Jackson, Wis.) added a PR time of 16:37.90 in the 5K.
Sophomore Mike Prue (Kenosha, Wis.) impressed on the track as well, running a 50.81 in the 400-meter dash. Prue's time ranks him first in the NACC in the event as he finished 12th at the meet out of 75 competitors.
CUW had a pair of runners cross the finish line with PRs in the 400-meter dash in freshman Logan Hass (54.16) and sophomore Trent Pacheco (Iron Mountain, Mich.). Pachecho added a PR time in the 200 (24.05), while freshmen Shannon Smith (Brandon, Fla.) and Vincent Walker (Milwaukee, Wis.) ran PRs in the 100 with times of 11.43 and 12.14, respectively. Sophomore Damon Nick (Slinger, Wis.) added a PR in the 400-meter hurdles, running a 56.26, good for an eighth-place finish.
Smith and Hass also competed in the long jump, both earning PRs with jumps of 5.39 and 5.92 meters. Freshman Jake Ricciardi (Waukesha, Wis.) made his Falcons track debut in the high jump and cleared 1.80 meters, good for a sixth-place finish. Sophomore Bathong Pham (Milwaukee, Wis.) topped his previous best in the pole vault by clearing 3.65 meters.
The Falcons will return to action next weekend by competing at the Carroll University Invite. The meet scheduled for next Saturday is set to begin at 10:30 a.m.