LISLE, Ill. – Marian University track and field wrapped up the 2019 outdoor season competing at the NACC championships from Benedictine University.
The women were led by strong performances in the field, particularly in the javelin. Emily Grunwald paced the Sabres with a throw of 20.03-meters, which was good for 15th and improved upon her second-place ranking in school history. Gabrielle Ramczyk and Charmaine Harris did the same as Ramczyk finished 16th with a throw of 15.38-meters, and Harris was 18th with a throw of 13.13-meters. In the discus, Grunwald improved on her third-best throw in school history finishing in 20th at 24.26-meters. Not far behind was Kamajjae Patterson who was 23rd with a 21.35-meter toss. Patterson also led the Sabres with a 27.97-meter toss in the hammer throw, good for 16th, and 8.33-meter throw in the shot put, ranking her 16th.
For the running events, Brenda Ordonez set the third-fastest time in the 800-meter finishing 16th with a time of 2:46.94, and also finished 15th in the 400-meter with a time of 1:10.41. In the longer races, Alyssa Zuhlke was able to earn Marian two points in the 10,000-meter run finishing seventh at 48:03.18, and also ran her first sub-six-minute 1,500-meter of the outdoor season finishing 16th at 5:59.34.
The men saw strong performances come out of their relays along with the short distance races. The 4×100-meter team of Malik Tapp, Jacob Cypret, Josiah Kusik, and Nathaniel Sampson finished seventh to earn two points for Marian finishing just .52 seconds behind a school record with an even 45.00 seconds. The same quartet then finished seventh in the 4×400-meter relay earning another two points with a time of 3:33.79. The same squad was able to set a school record for the 4×400-meter relay a week ago at the St. Norbert Invite with a time of 3:27.40.
The Sabres then saw the third and fourth-fastest times in school history in the 200-meter dash along with the third-fastest 400-meter time in program history. Sampson led the way in both events finishing 15th in the 200-meter at 23.28 and earning a 10th place finish in the 400-meter at 52.66. Cypret had strong finishes in both events as well finishing 16th for the 200-meter at 23.47 and 13th for the 400-meter at 53.12.
Malik Tapp put together a strong 100-meter dash time finishing 17th after crossing the line at 11.75.
Aurora was able to earn the NACC championship on the women’s side of things with 224 points, while Benedictine and Aurora each finished with 169 points to tie for the NACC championship on the men’s side.