BELOIT, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Track & Field competed in the Beloit Relays this past weekend. The meet was the Falcons final one before the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championships next weekend.
The Falcons finished in fourth at the meet, scoring 98 points in the process. St. Amborse took home the men's championship with 218 points, while Carroll University finished second.
Sophomore Damon Nick had an outstanding meet for the Falcons, breaking two meet records in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Nick ran times of 15.24 and 56.77, respectively and his time in the 110-meter hurdles was also a facility record.
The CUW 4X200-meter relay team of senior Sean Pawlak (Germantown, Wis.) and sophomores Bathong Pham (Milwaukee, Wis.), Nick (Slinger, Wis.) and Seth Donovan (Caledonia, Wis.) set a new meet record. The Falcons foursome ran a 1:32.84, just edging out St. Ambrose's team.
The Falcons 4X100-meter relay team also had a strong showing, running a 43.51 for a second-place finish. Their time broke the old meet record, but St. Ambrose finished just ahead of CUW to set the new record. Pawlak, Pham and Donovan were joined by senior John Balsman (Rockford, Ill.) in that event.
Three Falcons set new PRs in the 1,500-meter run led by junior Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.). Coop placed fourth in the event with a time of 4:13.04, while a pair of freshmen, Zach Ziemann (Jackson, Wis.) and Aaron Reseburg (Sheboygan, Wis.) posted PRs as well with times of 4:23.76 and 4:32.2, respectively.
Sophomore Trent Pachecho (Iron Mountain, Mich.) continued his progress in the javelin throw as he set a new personal-best with a throw of 45.67 meters. That bested his previous top throw by 1.5 meters as Pachecho ranks third in the NACC in the event. Freshman Jesse Smrcka (New Boston, Mich.) posted a new PR in the hammer throw by 2.5 meters, recording a toss of 39.79 meters, while freshman Zak DeWindt (Germantown, Wis.) ran a new PR of 12.86 in the 100.
CUW will take part in the NACC Outdoor Championships next Friday and Saturday. The meet will be hosted by Benedictine University and is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.