Owls post 16 PRs, two top-five marks to close out regular season

Courtesy of William Woods Athletics. (Contributed Photo)
Courtesy of William Woods Athletics. (Contributed Photo)

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- Closing out the regular season at the Roger Haynes Invitational, William Woods continued to build momentum heading into the American Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship meet with 16 new personal bests and two top-five WWU marks in the meet.

Spencer Yoggerst continued to shine in the field for Woods, earning personal records in both the weight throw and shot put, with his mark of 53 feet and 1.01 inches in the weight throw, good for fourth in the WWU record books.

"This was a nice way to finish the regular season heading into the AMC indoor championships next weekend," William Woods track and field coach Dan Schwag said in a release. "Jacob Polacek had a great run in the 60-meter dash, running a new PR and putting his name in the WWU top-five. Spencer Yoggerst also had a great meet with a PR, notching his name in the WWU top-five in the weight throw."

Running in the 60 meters, Polacek set his first new PR in the preliminaries, advancing to the finals with a mark of 7.32 seconds.

Buoyed by the impressive showing, Polacek trimmed nearly one-fifth of his earlier time, finishing sixth with a mark of :07.16, the second-fastest time in the AMC.

Madison Dixon also hit a double PR in the women's 60 dash, advancing to the finals with an :08.33 in the prelims and bettering it with a time of :08.25, suitable for a fifth-place finish.

Allison Kenneavy and Jenna Mason had solid outings in the weight throw for William Woods, earning new PRs. Kenneavy posted a mark of 41-04.85, improving her career mark by nearly 3-03.37.

Heidi Baranauskas solidified her place in the top five in the AMC POP list with her new PR of 16-04.46 in the long jump, with the sophomore also holding the second-best mark in the triple jump this season.

Jacob Mandrell and Charles Pickens leaped into the top five in the conference with new PRs in the triple jump, with Mandrell hitting a 41-02.88 mark and Pickens skipping 40-08.19.

The Owls return to Elsah, Ill., next week for the AMC Indoor Track and Field Championship.