May 1, 2010 – The Bulldog Track & Field teams had their final tune-up prior to next weekend’s conference championships at the Monmouth (Ill.) Fighting Scot Open on Saturday. Katrina Biermann's new school record in the pole vault helped the women to a third place finish while the men placed fourth.
Derek Atwood and Demetrius Lavant brought hope victories for the Bulldogs in their respective events. Atwood claimed the Shot Put with a mark of 51-06.75 while Lavant won the Long Jump with a leap of 22-03.75.
Jacob Schrum edged out teammate Joey Walls for second in a close battle in the 800 meter race. Schrum crossed in 1:56.22 while Walls finished in 1:56.57.
John Venner did the same to Bob Gorman in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Venner took second with a time of 9:47.57 while Gorman placed third in 9:53.61.
Three women finished first as Katrina Biermann won the Pole Vault, Jennifer Zweifel took the Triple Jump and Lisa Kucharski claimed the 400 meter hurdles.
Biermann improved on her NCAA provisional mark and her own school record as she went an outdoor season high 12-08.75 to win first in the Pole Vault.
Zweifel jumped 36-08.50 in the triple jump and Kucharski ran 1:03.66 in the 400 hurdles.
The Bulldog 4x100 relay team also placed first with a time of 49.70.
In field events, Dominique McGruder and Rachel McCarroll each placed second in their respective events. McGruder had a mark of 43-08.00 in the Shot while McCarroll tossed the Discus 139-07.
The Bulldogs will compete in the MIAA Outdoor Championships next weekend at PittsburgStateUniversity (Kan.).