Mon, May. 14, 2012 - [Women's Indoor Track & Field]
The Loras College women's track and field team finished in third place at this year's Iowa Conference Championships hosted by the University of Dubuque on Saturday following a pair of individual championships and eight All-IIAC performances. Loras' 114.5 points was 14.5 points more than in 2011, when the Duhawks finished in fifth.
The Duhawks crowned two champions in field events on the weekend. On Friday, Katie Langmeier posted a 5'-3.75" height in the High Jump to win the event in windy conditions at Chalmers Field. On Saturday, Rachel Kolbeck won the Pole Vault with a height of 11'-1.75". Earlier this season, Langmeier set the Duhawks' record with a 5'-6" jump. Kolbeck's top vault is just the third in Loras history above the 11-foot mark.
In both events, Loras added another All-IIAC performance (top three in an event). Caitlin Groeper tied for second place with 5'-2.5" in the High Jump. Bridget McQuillan did the same in the Pole Vault, posting a runner-up height of 10'-8".
Additional field event success came in the Long Jump. Laura Wondra earned silver with a 17'-4.75" leap on her fourth attempt of the day – reaching Loras' top ten list with the jump.
In the throws, Meggen Elsen was second best in the Hammer Throw. She threw an impressive 172'-1"on her first toss of the day to take the early lead. It held up as the second best toss of the day.
Kirsten Schultz earned a third place spot on the Javelin Throw stand. On Saturday, she finished with a top personal effort of 116'-1".
On the track, Emily Sotelo qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 400 Meter Hurdles. She was third in the 400 meter event in a PR time of 1:04.35 – good for a Loras top ten time as well.
Loras battled for the runner-up team spot throughout the event and finished in third place following the 22ndevent of the meet – two points from second (Central) and two and a half ahead of fourth (Luther).
The Duhawks will be available for ‘Last Chance' qualifying meets at UW-LaCrosse, Augustana, and North Central ahead of the NCAA Division III Championships on Memorial Day weekend.