The Great Outdoors - Duhawks post two top five finishes in Tennessee
Tue, Mar. 30, 2010 - [Track]

The Loras College Track and Field teams opened the 2010 outdoor season in Memphis, Tennessee at the Rhodes Invitational and promptly posted team scores in the top five of a couple of large and competitive fields.

The women's team was second among 19 teams and led by a trio of Duhawks who posted national qualifying winning marks. Danielle McNally won both the Discus (138'-1") and Hammer Throws (162'-11") and was seventh in the Shot Put (37'-8.75"). McNally's discus and hammer tosses are each the third best in the country early in the season and have her provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in Ohio. For her efforts, McNally was named the Iowa Conference's Female Field Athlete of the Week.

Hannah Weiss also won the 800 Meter Run (2:14.59) and Mary Bridget Corken ran a lifetime P.R. and the second fastest time in program history in winning the 1500 Meter Run (4:36.68). Each time was good to put the two Duhawks on the NCAA qualifiers list.

Other top finishes for the Duhawks on the women's side included Genna Kinley's second place finish in the 5000 Meter Run, Barb Kremer's second place in the 100 Meter Hurdles, Laura Rieger's third in the 400 Meter Dash, and Maria Kalb's third in the 800 Meter Run, ten seconds behind Weiss. The 4x400 Relay team was runner up to host Rhodes.

Chris Swift headlined the men's competition and fifth place finish with his win in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Scott Schemmel was third in the same race and Jeff Schmidt seventh. Loras was just a point and a half out of third place.

Cody Dreyer was fifth in the 1500 Meter Run, Mike Higgins was second in the 3000 Steeplechase, Graham Carl was fifth in the High Jump, and Elliot McAllister was second in the Hammer Throw. The 4x400 and 4x800 Meter Relay teams were each in the top three helping Loras to their solid opening week finish.

The Duhawks host one of their two outdoor events on April 5 at Manatt Track inside the Rock Bowl.