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School records help Women's Track & Field to third place at NACC meet

School records help Women's Track & Field to third place at NACC meet

LISLE, Ill. – Senior Jessica Hennig set a school record in the 400-meter hurdles and was a member of the school-record setting 4X400-meter relay as she helped lead the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Track & Field at the NACC Outdoor Championships. The Falcons placed third at the meet held over the weekend.

Hennig (Springfield, Ill.) won the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:05.98, which also was a personal-record for her by over three seconds. She then joined forces with senior Kristin Sitte (Greenfield, Wis.), freshman Lindsey Fratzke (Winona, Minn.) and junior Emily Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) for a third-place finish in the 4X400-meter relay. That foursome ran a 4:09.13, narrowly edging last year's record that was also set at the conference meet.

Junior Andrea Kassees (Waukesha, Wis.) had a strong day for CUW with a pair of top four finishes in throwing events. Kassees had a huge PR in the hammer throw by over 3.5 meters with a toss of 41.14 meters for a second-place finish. She also placed fourth in the shot put, while teammate Karli Tatum (Milwaukee, Wis.) earned a second-place finish in the event.

Two other Falcons added PRs in the throwing events in junior Mary Heinz (Cedarburg, Wis.) and sophomore Alexanda Ezell. Ezell threw 38.23 meters and placed fourth, while Heinz was at 33.94. Sophomore Marisa Krohn (Brookfield, Wis.) added a PR in the javelin throw, placing second with a mark of 33.46 meters.

CUW also had several strong performances on the track, including senior Caitlyn Stern (Mequon, Wis.) in the 10K. Stern shattered her previous best time by running a 40:47.16, while also adding a top-six finish in the 1,500-meter run.

Mauermann added a PR in the 400-meter run, where she placed fifth, while also finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Kaitlin Dobson (Milwaukee, Wis.) set a PR in the 800-meter run with, while freshman Tatiana March (Janesville, Wis.) added PR in the 100.

Aurora won the meet, completing the sweep of indoor and outdoor conference championships this season. Destinie Willis of AU was named the Athlete of the Meet.

The Falcons now enter last chance season where a few athletes will try to improve times and distances in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.