Throwers soar in weekend competition

April 28, 2019 | Events, News, UToday
By Katherine Jamtgaard

The University of Toledo women’s track and field team finished competition at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich., after tallying one Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying mark, four top-10 finishes, and two personal bests on Saturday, bringing their total to three MAC automatic qualifying marks, 22 top-10 finishes, and 13 personal bests on the weekend.

“We didn’t have a lot of people compete [Saturday], but the results were strong,” said Head Coach Linh Nguyen. “The throwers have had a really strong year and [senior] Katie Dewey continues to raise the level of competition. She did that again [Saturday] in the discus and looks to have put herself into the NCAA prelims, just like she did with the shot put yesterday. I think we’re in a very good place as a team going into the championship part of our season.”

Senior Katie Dewey wrapped up the weekend at the Hillsdale Gina Relays with a personal best and
Mid-American Conference qualifying mark of 49.92m in the discus event.

Dewey took first in the discus event with a personal best and MAC automatic qualifying throw of 49.92m.

Dewey also took first in the shot put Friday with a personal best and MAC qualifying mark of 15.50m.

Sophomore Chloee Kleespies landed third (41.82m) and freshman Lauren Johnson took seventh (40.68m) in the discus.

In the javelin event, junior Kallie Strauss took eighth (30.31m), and Johnson posted a mark of 28.01m to place 11th.

Up next, the Rockets are set to compete in the Len Paddock Open in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, May 3, prior to the Mid-American Conference Championships.

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