Millikin Big Blue

This past weekend was another small one. The team went out to the Big Blue meet hosted by Millikin. Full Results

However, just because only a few of our runners went, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have some excellent performances. Indeed, if the Conservation of Ninjutsu (Warning: TV Tropes link) is to be believed it’s expected. And Ninjutsu was conserved. Oh yes was it conserved.

Not sure quite where I was going with that. Anyway! We had two club records this past weekend:

Emuze Tare continues to obliterate the shot put records. This time, she broke the Shot Put record with a throw of 9.12m

Erin Murphy, determined to have been the record holder in every event below 800m at least once, has broken the 400m Hurdles record with a time of 1:07.31 minutes.

Meanwhile, we also had several personal records:
Erin Murphy set a PR in the 400m dash (and broke a minute for the first time) with a time of 59.96. Congratulations on that passing that particular milestone!

Jayme Roberts got a PR in the 400m with an impressive time of 51.91.
Ben Kanevsky was hot on his heels with a 400m PR as well, in a time of 52.07 seconds.

Short and sweet, and I’ll see you (well you’ll be seeing more words on the computer screen, anyway) next week.

Andrew Cholewa

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Twilight of the Eagles

This has been a rather quiet week, as our runners take a little bit of a well-deserved break after NIRCA Nationals. However, that didn’t stop a few runners from competing this weekend. We had people at the Eagles Invitational hosted by Benedictine University, and many of our top-tier runners competing at Illinois Twilight, the meet hosted by the UIUC Division 1 track and field team (not us!) this past Saturday. Results:

Eagles Invitational
Illinois Twilight

The weather was absolutely gorgeous. Clearly the Weather Gods were pleased with Scott’s sacrifice. Guess we just got lucky. Between that, and the excellent competition we broke quite a few club records on Saturday, despite the small number of people competing.


Illinois Twilight:
Emma Grimes set a new club record for the 5000m with a time of 17:48.14.
Quenton Hardaway has set a new club record for the 100m Dash, with a time of 10.80.
Jack Skelton set a new club record in the 200m dash with a time of 22.01.

Of course not all of our records were broken at Illinois Twilight. Jess Ayers set a new record in the 100m Dash with a time of 12.74 at Benedictine.

Now, for PR’s.

Illinois Twilight:
Yemi Sonoiki ran the 100m in 11.50 seconds.
Ryan Brewster ran the 200m in 22.76 seconds.
Greg Netols ran the 800m in 1:59.95

Beau Barber ran a new PR with a time of 24.19 seconds.
Erin Murphy ran 26.43 seconds.

Scott Luedkte (totally not a soulless automaton that the Gods gave us to replace the real Scott so that his parents never discovered that we sacrificed him in a bid for nice weather) ran a 52.46.
Erin Murphy ran a 1:00.88.

Shannon Sledz busted out a 2:24.18.

Great job guys and gals! Next week is … somewhere. I’m not actually sure, because a certain Head Coach (in the name of professionalism, I won’t mention any names) has rearranged the schedule a little, and hasn’t sent me the updated schedule yet.

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First Place at NIRCA Nationals!

This past weekend the Illinois Track Club traveled to Bloomington, IN for NIRCA Nationals. We threw on twelve layers, brought half a dozen blankets each, and prepared (with great glee I assure you) for a long, cold, rainy day…Only for the weather to actually not be that bad. Rather cold in the morning, but by the afternoon, the sun came out and the weather flirted with warm several times. Clearly, we should sacrifice someone something to the Ye Olde Weathere Godse in thanks. Yes. Something. Like a hat. Not someone. Like not Scott Luedkte. We’re totally not going to sacrifice Scott to ancient and malevolent weather gods at exactly 00:00.58.11 (military time) this Tuesday in the Armory in thanks for decent weather at Nationals. That’s patently absurd. On a completely unrelated note, we’ll be needing some more hurdlers soon. If you know anyone whose interested, have them send our head coach Ben Kanevsky an e-mail.

Quickly moving on, it was a fun meet for both the girls and the guys, with lots of close, and exciting races. For the men in particular, it was an intense meet, with us and Penn State fighting desperately for every last point. In the end, both of our genders managed to take first place, though the men by a measly three points. Now we have two very large very fancy trophies to be placed…wherever we put our trophies. But wherever they’ll be placed, I’m sure they are easily found, and are seen by thousands of people every day.

Now, for the real reason you’re skimming this update, records and PR’s!

First, we had several club records set by the women on Saturday:

Lauren Choi set the club record in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 12:40.57.
Lauren Jonen set the club record in the 400m with a time of 58.67
Beth McGreal set the club record in the 5000m with a time of 18:05.91
Hayley Dorfman set the club record in the 100m with a time of 12.86
Emuze Tare set the club record in the shot put with a distance of 8.49m
Erin Murphy set the club records in the long and triple jump with distances of 5.04m and 10.59m respectively.

Now, for PR’s:
Abby Madden – 18:58.49

Mike Kreiser – 23.43

400m Hurdles:
Scott Luedkte – 58.11

100m Dash:
Jesse Ayers – 13.00
Erin Murphy – 13.10
Quenton Hardaway – 11.13
Jayme Roberts – 11.50

Megan Mocogni – 5:08.10
Greg Netols – 4:03.40
Evan White – 4:04.65
Joe Zeller – 4:13.09
Zach Boehmke – 4:16.5

Lauren Jonen – 58.67
Erin Murphy – 1:01.2
Beau Barber – 54.68

Emma Grimes – 2:19.60
Aleta Wurfel – 2:35.37
Greg Netols – 2:00.45

Hayley Dorfman – 27.5
Quenton Hardaway – 22.82

Long Jump:
Yemi Sonoiki – 6.08m

Thea Cudnowski – 16.14m

Great meet had by all.

This upcoming weekend will be a relatively quiet weekend: A few sprinters will be traveling to Benedictine, while much of the team volunteers at the Illinois Twilight meet hosted by the UIUC Varsity team.

Also, now that we’re done stealing all of your liberties apparently, I’m supposed to be posting the minutes for our Super Secret Executive Board Meetings. My bad. Anyway, check out the board meeting minutes for Sunday April 6 2014. Very exciting. I get to vote now! And I didn’t have to dump any tea in Eric’s sink to get it.

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Spring Break Track Meets!

This past break, several of our runners ran at Rose-Hulman the Saturday at the start of break, and Washington University this past Friday and Saturday. While Rose-Hulman was nothing special, we had a slew of outdoor personal records (especially from the 5K runners), and even a record, at Washington University, despite the cold weather.

Lauren Jonen set the club record in the 200m Dash with a time of 26.18. Great start to the season Lauren!

Now, for the PR’s (rolls up his sleeves).

Beth McGreal – 18:25.25
Megan Mocogni – 18:38.78
Abby Madden – 19:15.68
Paige Oboikovitz – 19:36.85
Adam Cobert – 15:48.50
Matt Birkel – 15:55.78
Steve Krauklis – 16:35.13

Evan White – 4:11.2

Erin Murphy – 1:01.38
Ryan Brewster – 52.54

Jayme Roberts – 11.58

Evan White – 2:01.49

Erin Murphy – 27.00

Next week, the team has NIRCA Nationals, because nothing says club team like having your big meet as the *third* meet of the season for a few, *second* for a few more, and the *first*for a majority of the team.

Andrew Cholewa
EDIT: Fixed “Ashley Madden” to “Abby Madden.” I knew that. I was just testing you. Congratulations Mark! You pass!

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Club Relays: The Only Meet with More 3K Heats than 60 Heats

Hello to all you runners, ex-runners, and bored parents. Before we get started, I would like to point out that I’ve added links to all my footnotes. Am I awesome?[0]

Anyway, this past Saturday, our club hosted our yearly Club Relays meet. It’s just like every other meet ever, except either the athletes have to drag this metal hollow tube thing around the track, or their times/distances get added together (also there are a lot more heats of the mile than the 60. We even had more heats of the 3K than of the 60! What kind of meet does that?). Full results can be found under the Club Relays tab. Both the boys and girls teams came in first, though the competition was fierce, and there were some truly awesome races. A special shoutout goes to J.P. Lllinas for an epic last 100 meters in the 800 leg of the Sprint Medley Relay. At 100 meters to go, J.P. made up a significant lead, and managed to just edge out the Michigan State runner for the win, winning the SMR by a hundredth of a second. Cue the cheesy 80′s rock!

It was a great meet to watch, and I even participated! I had to run the 60m hurdles. Do you have any idea how high the high hurdles are? They’re pretty high. Like, really high. Like, high enough that I’m pretty sure Ben made me run them as revenge for that whole “All mistakes in these updates are Ben’s fault” thing from a few weeks back. Clearly, our Esteemed Head Coach just can’t take a joke.[1]

Anyway, meet club and personal records! Oh man are there a lot. You remember all those PR’s we had at our first GVSU meet? Well, we have more than that. We have like three GVSU’s worth of PR’s here. We also haven’t broken this many club records since the team’s very first meet.[citation needed]

So, go to the bathroom, get something to eat, turn off your e-mail, and say good-bye to your loved ones. We’re going to be here a while.

First, the girls.

Erin Murphy set the club record in the 60m dash with a time of 8.37 seconds…
Only to have it broken in the very next heat by Hayley Dorfman with a time of 8.23 (it was also, coincidentally, Hayley’s very first race with ITC. Way to make an entrance, Hayley). While getting your thunder stolen by the new girl must have stung something fierce, on the bright side Erin is now the record holder for being the shortest record holder in the history of the club, beating out the record Jonen set at the beginning of the season.

Emma Grimes set the mile record with a time of 5:08.22. I’m pretty sure absolutely positive that she can run a faster mile than I could in my prime. Thanks for threatening my masculine pride Emma![2]

Our girl’s 4x200m A team: Sarah Sheehan, Erin Murphy, Ima Eno, and Lauren Jonen set the club record with a time of 1:49.65, despite some rather questionable hand-offs (blind hand-offs are probably a bad idea when we only practice hand-offs for the two weeks before Club Relays).

The girl’s 4x800m A team: Shannon Sledz, Thea Cudnowski, Emma Grimes and Megan McGreal set the club record in the 4x800m with a time of 9:45.5.

Completing the Indoor Relay Trifecta, the girl’s 4x400m relay: Lauren Jonen, Ima Eno, Emma Grimes, and Erin Murphy set a new club record with a time of 4:09.02.

Oh, and because they felt bad about the Sprint Medley Relay (SMR) being the only baton-passing relay whose record hadn’t been broken yet, the girl’s SMR A team: Erin Murphy, Sarah Sheehan, Shannon Sledz, and Lauren Jonen set the record for the SMR with a time of 4:22.55.[3]

Erin Murphy set a club record in the Triple Jump with a distance of 10.12m

Tare Emuze set the club record in the shot put with a distance of 8.61m

Now, for the boys!

The men’s 4x400m A team: Ben Kanevsky, Scott Luedkte, Ryan Brewster, and Jack Skelton set a new club record with a time of 3:28.73. They were also dressed in hot pink spandex and pink and purple shirts with pictures of unicorns and puppies, because there is (unfortunately) no law in the US against wearing outfits that make everyone around you want to burn out their own eyes with the holy, cleansing flames of a tire fire.[4]

Anyway, back in the land of the sane, the men’s 4x800m relay: J.P. Llinas, Evan White, Zach Boehmke, and Steven Decker set a new record with a time of 8:08.47.

Thus ends the records (come on guys! Two records to the girls’ eight? Clearly our only recourse before NIRCA is to “accidentally” leave all the girls at home. Either that or chase them off the team. Maybe if we throw enough <insert feminine stereotype here> at them, they’ll go away).

Now, for the PR’s. We will start with the girls (does “ladies first” count as one of the feminine stereotypes we can throw at them?). Due to the massive numbers, I’m going to just list the event, then the name, then the time.

60m Dash:
Erin Murphy: 8.37
Lauren Jonen: 8.47

Megan McGreal: 5:25.02
Megan Mocogni: 5:29.13
Paige Oboikovitz: 5:43.73

Megan Mocogni: 10:48.18
Paige Oboikovitz: 11:14.18
Beth McGreal: 10:54.7
Abby Madden: 11:19.95
Emma Burkhardt: 11:57.18
Molly Wagener: 12:27.41
Caroline Skibinski: 12:49.38

Long Jump:
Jenny Na: 4.16m

Now, for the boys! (Alright, guys the girls had 13 PR’s not including the records. Let’s see if we can beat them at this at least.)

Jayme Roberts: 7.22
Yemi Sonoiki: 7.35

Zach Boehmke: 4:39.43
Kevin Lapp: 4:44.23 (I’ve been waiting all season for Kevin to get a PR, so I could mention him. I mean, look at him! He’s a track athlete whose last name is Lapp! The man is a running pun. I think he’s my new favorite person. Sorry, Cyclops but you’ve been replaced.)
Kevin Hearne: 4:45.74
Ankit Aggarwal: 5:17.83 (PR’d by .01 seconds. Talk about cutting it close.)

Jack Morrissey: 9:31.92
Ryan Kelch: 9:33.55
Steve Krauklis: 9:34.68
David Choi: 9:45.46
Tyler Dixon: 9:58.05
Chris Kennedy: 10:35.76

60m Hurdles:
Scott Luedkte: 09.44

High Jump:
Tyler Blum: 1.85m

Triple Jump:
Manny Del Rio: 12.10m

That puts the guys at 15 PR’s to the girls’ 13. Aww yeah! If we include the (non-baton passing) records, then we’re at 15 PR’s for the guys compared to… 17 PR’s for the girls. Nerts. Ah well, the takeaway is that we had 32 personal records on Saturday, and 10 club records. What a meet.

Finally, please welcome Hayley Dorfman, Mary Rosenwinkel, Leann Beckman, Sina Gartner, Anthony Morgan, and Jordan Hahn to the ITC team. May you have many fast races, very few slow races, and zero injuries.

Till Outdoor folks.

Andrew Cholewa

[0] I am awesome.
[1] Or he recognized that it wasn’t a joke. The man can be surprisingly perceptive sometimes.
[2] Kids these days just have no respect for their elders. Tsk tsk tsk.
[3] The fact that they actually ran the SMR before the 4×400 is beside the point. I’m going to modify history all I want to fit my narrative, and there’s nothing you can do to stop me!
[4] This is not a joke. Seriously. I know I have this tendency to make things up if I think it’d be funny, but this, to my everlasting trauma, is not a joke. Seriously. Their outfits haunt my nightmares. The only solace I take is that I didn’t get a good look at the kittens on Jack’s and Ryan’s shirts. The raw cuteness would probably have driven me completely insane.

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