Pollmann Shines at Dewey Allgood Invite

Sarah Pollmann
Sarah Pollmann broke two STLCOP
records at the Dewey Allgood Invite.
Photo by Debbie Chew.

Second-year distance runner Sarah Pollmann ran two tremendous races on Saturday, April 19, at the Dewey Allgood Invitational at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., breaking STLCOP records in both. In the 1500m run, Pollmann broke the five-minutes mark by dropping 16 seconds from her own record, set the previous week, and finishing in fourth place at 4:59.15. Later, she took to the track in the 800m run, running a PR, and finishing in 11th place. Her time of 2:33.17 just broke the STLCOP record set by Jamie Hundsdorfer last year at 2:33.59.

Second-year thrower Rebecca Larson continues to improve in the hammer throw – an event she began to learn as a first-year. Larson dropped her PR and current STLCOP record by nearly six feet in the event on Saturday, with a throw of 26.99m/88-06 and an 11th-place finish. Third-year Bethany Chew took fifth place in the javelin throw with a toss of 30.62m/100-05 and first-year Janki Patel set the STLCOP record for the 3,000m run, finishing in eighth place with a time of 11:41.15.

The Eutectics will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 26, at the KIAC Championship meet in Berea, Ky.

Chew Leads Euts at Billiken Invite

Bethany Chew
Bethany Chew throws
the javelin.
Photo by Debbie Chew.

Third-year thrower/runner Bethany Chew led the Eutectics at the Saint Louis University Billiken Invite on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, with the second-best javelin throw among 29 college competitors. Chew’s throw of 35.09m/115-01 is her best of the season and ranks 39th in the NAIA. Her second-place performance scored eight points for the Eutectics, putting them in 16th of 17 scoring teams at the meet.

Three Eutectics broke their own STLCOP records at the meet. Fourth-year hurdler Suong Nguyen improved her best time in the 100m hurdles, which she set in 2011, by 0.2 seconds, clocking a time of 17.6. Second-year distance runner Sarah Pollmann, who earned KIAC Runner of the Week accolades last week, dropped 10 seconds from her best 1500m race time, finishing strong at 5:15.21. Second-year Rebecca Larson continues to improve in the hammer throw at each meet. After breaking her record from 2013 at a meet two weeks ago, Larson added another two feet to the record on Saturday, throwing 25.21m/82-08.

The Eutectics will compete again on Saturday, April 19, at the Dewey Allgood Invitational at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.

Pollmann Named KIAC Track Athlete of the Week

Sarah Pollmann

Sarah Pollmann
Photo by
Lindsy Benedict

Second-year Sarah Pollmann was named KIAC Track Athlete of the Week by conference officials on Monday, April 7. Pollmann finished 15th of 3,727 women in the Go! St. Louis half marathon on Sunday, April 6.Her finishing time of 1:32.46  on the hilly course was just 46 seconds off the NAIA national qualifying time for the marathon, and was good enough for seventh place (of 587) in her 20-24 age group. She averaged 7:04 minutes per mile for the 13.1 mile race.

The Eutectic men’s and women’s track teams will be back on the track this Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, for the Saint Louis University Billiken Invitational.




Larson Sets Another PR at Illinois College Alumni Meet

Second-year thrower Becky Larson did on Friday, Feb. 21 what she's done at just about every meet over the past season and a half. She set a PR in both of her events -- the shot put and the weight throw. Larson is a prime example of the type of athlete Eutectic coach David Baker loves. "Becky comes and works hard every day,” Baker said. She's got a positive attitude and really puts a lot into her events." Larson is usually one of the smaller throwers at the meets, and though she's typically not at the top of the leaderboard, she keeps moving up. Baker has taken notice of the improvement. "Every meet-that's how often she improves on her personal record. Shot, weight, disc, hammer, you name it. She throws a little further each and every week. I hope and am starting to expect that she'll eventually get up there in the top 10 at meets."

Other top Eutectic performances:

Sarah Pollmann and Janki Patel finished third (5:42) and fourth (5:52, SB), respectively, in the mile. The two had exactly 18 minutes from the time they stepped of the bus until their race started. "We literally dropped them off about a quarter of a mile from the track and told them to start warming up,” Baker said. “Under the circumstances, they ran great." Suong Nguyen had a season best of 10.84 in the 60m hurdles, which was good enough for fourth overall. The team of Pollmann, Christy Hanks, Jamie Hundsdorfer, and Jackie Gosney set the school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:53.75.

The Illinois College meet marked the final indoor meet of the season for the Eutectics. The team will next compete outdoors at the Washington University Invitational on March 28-29.

Women Have Strong Showing at Jim Green Invitational

The STLCOP women competed in their second indoor meet of the season at the Jim Green Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 8, and made great improvements from the Principia Relays, held one week before. The team was led by second-year student-athlete Sarah Pollmann. Pollmann finished eighth (5:32.96) in the 1-mile run and ninth (2:35.10) in the 800m run. Pollmann set personal-best and school records in both events. In the mile, Pollmann, racing in the fast heat, went out controlled and moved her way up during the race. "Sarah's last 400 was her fastest 400 of the race. She really moved up well and ran well against a strong field. As good of a race as she had, I think it opened up her eyes that she can go even faster. Her 800 really validated her fitness." Pollmann won the second heat of the 800, taking the lead from the start and widening her lead until the finish.

Other top performances included Katelyn Huhn, who improved on her school record in the pole vault by clearing 2.44m/8'0". Becky Larson extended her school records in the Shot Put (8.55m/28'0.75") and weight throw (8.15m/26'9"). And Lindsy Benedict established a first for the STLCOP track program, finishing fifth in the women’s 3000m race-walk in a time of 20:42.05. Janki Patel ran well in the mile (5:56.79) and won her heat in the 800, finishing 15th overall (2:48.08).

STLCOP Teams Take Second at KIAC

Noble and Baker Named Athlete and Coach of the Year

KIAC Conference Champs

STLCOP Conference Champions:
Jordan Robertson, Grace Noble, Clinton Washington,
Bethany Chew, Brian Pankey, and Zach Wainwright
Photo by Katie Payne.

The STLCOP men's and women's track and field teams brought home second place trophies along with the Women's Coach of the Year and Women's Athlete of the Year awards from the KIAC Championship meet on Saturday, April 27, in Berea, Ky.

With just 10 athletes competing, the Eutectic women's team scored 119 points in the meet, finishing second (of six teams) behind Berea College. First-year sprinter/jumper Grace Noble scored 46 points on her own - more points than any other female athlete at the meet- to become the KIAC Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Noble earned the conference champion title in the 100m (13.09), and took second place in six other events including the 200m (27.69), 400m (1:09.68), 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay, Long Jump (4.61m/15-01.5), and Triple Jump (9.54m/31-03.5).

Head Coach David Baker talks with Sarah Pollmann

Head Coach David Baker
talks with Sarah Pollmann
after a race.
Photo by Debbie Chew

Head Coach David Baker was named the KIAC Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year for the second year in a row by his peers at the meet. All of Baker's ten athletes scored in the meet and his small team turned in 11 all-conference performances, including two conference champions. Second-year runner/thrower Bethany Chew joined Noble as a conference champion in the javelin throw with a toss of 31.83m (104-05), out-throwing the second-place thrower by almost two meters. Chew also earned all-conference honors as a member of the second-place 4x400m and 4x800m relays, which both broke STLCOP records (4:40.31 and 11:39.93, respectively). First-year middle distance runner Jamie Hundsdorfer was also a member of those relays, while also setting a school record with her all-conference third-place finish in the 800m (2:33.59). Other STLCOP women's team members named all-conference include Samantha Bryant (4x100m and 4x800m Relays), Suong Nguyen (100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay), Samantha Nguyen (4x100m and 4x400m Relays), and Sarah Pollmann (4x800m Relay).

The STLCOP men's team, like the women, took second (of five teams) behind Berea College with 119 points. 10 of the Eutectics' 15 athletes brought home all-conference medals and four of them were conference champions. Second-year sprinter/jumper Brian Pankey led the Euts in points, racking up 28 by scoring in seven events. He earned the conference champion title in the triple jump (13.08m/42-11), took second in the long jump (6.34m/20-09.5) and the 4x100m relay, fourth in the 100m (11.80) and the 4x400m relay, fifth in the javelin throw (38.70m/126-11.5), and sixth the 400m (55.04). Jordan Robertson, Zach Wainwright, and Clinton Washington each claimed conference champion titles with STLCOP record-breaking performances. Robertson won the shot put with a record throw of 13.38m/43-10.75 and also scored in four other events. Wainwright won the 400m Hurdles by clocking a record time of 1:00.04, while Washington took top honors in the hammer throw with record-breaking throw of 34.21m/112-02.75.

While the conference meet marks the end of the season for most members of the STLCOP track and field teams, Jordan Robertson has one more meet to look forward to this season: the NAIA Outdoor Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University, March 23-25. He qualified for the national meet in the javelin throw at the Washington University Invitational on March 30. Currently, Robertson's best throw of 56.22m (184-07) is ranked 21st in the nation.

Eutectics Score Points and Set Records at SLU Invite

Jamie Hundsdorfer

Jamie Hundsdorfer set a new
STLCOP record in the 800m.
Photo byLindsy Benedict.

It was nearly perfect weather for a track meet, and the Eutectics took full advantage of it by scoring points and breaking several records at the Saint Louis University Billiken Invitational on Saturday, April 13.

The men's team relied on fourth-year thrower and national qualifier Jordan Robertson for all of its nine points, which landed the STLCOP team in 14th place out of 17, beating out Westminster College, Iowa Wesleyan College, and Webster University. Robertson scored six points in the javelin throw by taking fourth place with a toss of 48.93m (160-06). In the shot put, Robertson scored another three points for the Euts with his eighth place finish (12.64m/41-05.75). Second-year distance runner James Lidy ran the fastest Eutectic 1500m time of the season at 4:22.31, while second-year sprinter/jumper Brian Pankey also ran the fastest STLCOP times of the season in the 200m (24.57) and 400m (52.82), which should put him in position to be included in the fast heat at the conference championships in two weeks.

For the Eutectic women's team, the javelin throw proved to be the only point-scoring event. Second-year athlete Bethany Chew broke her own STLCOP record by more than five meters at the meet, throwing 35.75m (117-03), claiming fourth place along with five points for the Eutectics at the meet. Second-year athlete Samantha Bryant, in her first-ever javelin competition, threw 28.11m (92-03), qualifying for the meet finals. She finished the event in eight place, scoring a point for the Euts. Chew and Bryant's combined six points would secure the Eutectics 13th place of 17 at the meet, overtaking Brescia University, Westminster College, Fontbonne University and Missouri Baptist University. First-year thrower Rebecca Larson continued her trend of breaking her own STLCOP records in the discus (29.27m/96-00) and hammer (22.10m/72-06) throws. First-year middle-distance runner Jamie Hundsdorfer claimed the new STLCOP record in the 800m, clocking a time of 2:38.56.

The Eutectics will spend the next two weeks preparing for the KIAC championship meet on April 27 in Berea, Ky.

Euts Compete at Washington U. Invite

Jordan Robertson Qualifies for Nationals

Jordan Robertson
Jordan Robertson
Photo by Mark Gilliland

The Eutectic men's and women's track and field teams competed in the Washington University in St. Louis Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30. Fourth-year thrower Jordan Robertson took third place out of 41 in the javelin throw and earned himself a trip to the NAIA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Robertson, who squeezed into the javelin finals at the meet with a toss of 49.12m, beat the NAIA qualifying standard of 56.08m with his first throw of the finals of 56.22m (184-07). The mark breaks his own personal record and STLCOP record that he set last weekend by three meters. Robertson will travel to Marion, Ind..., for the NAIA Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University March 23-25.

Second-year thrower Clinton Washington finished just behind Robertson in the javelin, claiming fifth place in the meet with his throw of 52.17m (171-02). Washington also broke his own STLCOP record in the hammer throw with a mark of 31.66m (103-10). Second-year jumper Brian Pankey took seventh place in the triple jump at the meet with a leap of 13.14m (43-01.50).

The Lady Eutectics broke four STLCOP records at the Washington University meet. First-year thrower Rebecca Larson broke records in the discus (28.09m/92-02) and hammer (17.53m/57-06) throws while first-year distance runner Sarah Pollmann broke the 1500m record with a time of 5:24.03. Members of the women's 4x100m relay team bested the previous STLCOP record by .76, crossing the finish line at 55.46.

This weekend, a handful of the Eutectic squad members will compete at the McKendree Relays in Lebanon, Ill., on Friday, April 5.

Men's Track Team Opens Outdoor Season at SLU Kick-off Meet

Jordan Robertson Named KIAC Field Athlete of the Week

The STLCOP Men's track team competed well in their first meet of the 2013 outdoor season at the SLU Kick-off Meet on Saturday, March 23rd. Fourth-year thrower Jordan Robertson came away with KIAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors for his stellar performances at the meet.

Robertson won the javelin throw, beating out eight other throwers entered in the competition. His toss of 53.24m (174-08) bested the second-place throw by almost three meters and broke his own STLCOP record of 51.04m (167-07). Robertson also took fourth place (of nine) in the shot put with a throw of 13.23m. He is currently ranked 10th in the NAIA in the javelin and 26th in shot put.

Second-year thrower Clinton Washington also broke his own STLCOP record at the meet in the discus throw. His throw of 37.17m (121-11) was good enough for fifth place (of 10) at the meet and is more than a foot better than his previous record set last year.

Other highlights of the meet included second-year jumper Brian Pankey's fourth-place finishes in the long (6.20m/20-04.25) and triple jumps (13.01m/42-08.25). First-year 400 hurdler Zach Wainwright (1:04.44) and fourth-year high jumper Taylor Lockwitz (1.72m/5-07.75) each took fifth place in their respective events.

The Eutectic track teams will next compete in the Washington University Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.

Track Teams Compete at Mizzou

Jordan Robertson
Jordan Robertson,
shown here at an outdoor
meet, took ninth place in
the shot put at the
Missouri Collegiate
Photo by Mark Gilliland

The STLCOP men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Columbia, Mo., to compete in their final meet of the indoor season at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Friday, Feb. 15. While no team scores were kept, several Eutectics placed in the top ten among competitors from 16 different college teams. Second-year jumper Brian Pankey placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.51m (44-04.00), just missing indoor national qualification by .49m. First-year runner Peter Jaeger also took fifth place in the 1000m run, crossing the finish line at 2:45.47. Fourth-year thrower/jumper Jordan Robertson broke his own record (set two weeks ago at the Jim Green Invitational) in the shot put by 5.25 inches. His toss of 13.47m (44-02.50) was good enough for ninth place (of 24) at the meet.

The women's team had several record-breaking performances as well. First-year sprinter Grace Noble and first-year thrower Rebecca Larson continued their run at record-breaking performances. Noble has broken the STLCOP 60m Dash record at every meet so far this season. At the Missouri Challenge meet, she improved on her previous record (set at the Jim Green Invitational) by .12 seconds to get it down to 8.47. Noble also smashed the STLCOP record in the 200m dash by 2.30 seconds, setting the new record time at 29.10. Larson broke the STLCOP record she set (at Jim Green) two weeks ago in the weight throw by .82m, setting the new mark at 7.68m (25-02.50). First-year distance runner Sarah Pollmann broke another STLCOP record by 39 seconds in the 1000m run, crossing the finish line at 3:33.92 in 12th place, while first-year distance runner Jamie Hundsdorfer just clipped Pollmann's new record from this season in the 800m run by .27 seconds (2:41.19).

The Eutectic teams will now begin preparations for the outdoor season schedule, which begins with the Billiken Track & Field Kick-off at St. Louis University on Mar. 27.

More STLCOP Records Fall at Jim Green Invitational; Pankey Claims Triple Jump

Brian Pankey jumps
Brian Pankey, shown
here jumping outdoor
last season, won the
triple jump at the Jim
Green Invitational.
Photo by Patty Pieper

Members of the men's and women's Eutectic track teams broke six STLCOP records and took first place in the men's triple jump at the Jim Green Invitational indoor track meet at Illinois College (Jacksonville) on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Second-year jumper Brian Pankey claimed the triple jump title at the meet, leaping 13.27m (43-06.50). Pankey, the current STLCOP record-holder in the triple jump, hopes to repeat his 2012 NAIA national championship qualification this spring. Two STLCOP throwers smashed indoor records at the meet as well. Third-year thrower Jordan Robertson bested the previous shot put record by almost a foot with a throw of 43-07.50. Second-year thrower Clinton Washington smashed his own record set last year in the indoor weight throw by over a meter with a toss of 10.82m (35-06.00).

The Eutectic women's squad was small, but mighty. With only five women competing in the meet, the Lady Euts put four new marks on the indoor record books. In the first meet of her collegiate career, first-year thrower Rebecca Larson broke two Eutectic throwing records. Her shot put of 8.34m (27-04.5), shattered the previous record of 7.91m, while her weight throw of 6.86m (22-06.25) also made it into the record books. First-year sprinter Grace Noble broke her own record (set last week at the Principia Relays) in the 60m dash by .12 seconds, speeding through the finish line at 8.55 seconds. Finally, first-year distance runner Sarah Pollmann broke the 800m indoor record by nearly two seconds, posting a time of 2:41.46.

The Eutectic track teams will take a week off from competition before heading to the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Friday, Feb. 15, in Columbia.

Tracksters Smash STLCOP Records at Principia Relays

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed in the Principia College Invite on Friday, Jan. 25, turning in several record-breaking performances. For the men, second-year sprinter/jumper Brian Pankey took third-place in the 500m, breaking the STLCOP record with a time of 1:13.65. The men’s 4 x 200m relay, consisting of Pankey, Zach Wainwright, Jordan Robertson, and Steven Cowdin, also broke the school record with their fifth-place time of 1:41.63. Wainwright set the STLCOP record for the men’s 300m (41.76).

For the women’s team, first-year distance runner Sarah Pollmann broke her own record (which she set in December) in the one mile run by more than two seconds. Her 5:50.39 time was good enough for fifth place in the meet. First-year sprinter Grace Noble broke three STLCOP records in the long jump (4.55m) and 60m dash (8.67), and as a member of the women’s 4 x 200m relay with teammates Kamara Cox, Jamie Hundsdorfer and Samantha Nguyen (2:03.70). Cox tied the STLCOP record in the high jump with a leap of 1.22m. STLCOP records were also set by Jenni Shaw in the 3000m (13:26.12), Samantha Nguyen in the 300m (54.68) and the distance medley relay team of Pollmann, Shaw, Noble and Hundsdorfer (15:07.12).

The track teams will compete again this Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Jim Green Invitational at Illinois College (Jacksonville).

Track Team Members Compete at Principia Distance Carnival

Eight members of the Eutectic men's and women's track teams opened the 2012-13 indoor season by competing in the Principia College Distance Carnival on Friday, Dec. 7. St. Louis College of Pharmacy was one of three teams participating in the early season meet along with Webster University and Principia. First-year runners Grace Noble and Sarah Pollmann broke STLCOP records in the 500m run and 1 mile run, respectively. Noble won the 500m with a time of 1:33, breaking the school record by 12 seconds in her first collegiate race. Pollmann took second in the mile with a time of 5:52, crushing the previous STLCOP record by a minute. On the men's side, second-year James Lidy won the 1000m run with a time of 2:51. Sixth-year STLCOP track team alum David Baker, running unattached, won the one mile run in 4:37. STLCOP's Matt McKenzie and Peter Jaeger battled for third place in the same race, with McKenzie just edging out Jaeger at the finish line, 4:47.79 to 4:47.88. First-year Jerrett Marcuson finished sixth in the mile with a time of 4:54.

The Eutectic men's squad also put together two relay teams for the 4 x 400m and 1600m Sprint Medley. The 4 x 400m team of Peter Jaeger, Brian Pankey, Matt McKenzie, and Jerrett Marcuson took third place with a time of 3:56.07. Jaeger, Marcuson, and Pankey teamed up with Zach Wainwright in the sprint medley, finishing in third place with a time of 4:03.67.

The track teams will enjoy some time off over the semester break before they return to Principia with a full squad for the Principia Invite on Jan. 27.

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