Press Release

Lady Trojans Claim AMC Title, Men Finish Fourth

Monday, May 2, 2011
by Jordan Argo

Lebanon, IL – The Lady Trojan Track and Field team has claimed the American Midwest Conference Outdoor title as it defeated second place McKendree by 30 points.  The men had a good showing as well with a fourth place finish.

The Lady Trojans had three athletes finish as conference champion in their respected events.  Freshman Mandi Riddle was crowned conference champ in both the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles.  She finished the 100 meter hurdles 0.07 ahead of the second place finisher as she came across the finish line at 17.45 seconds.  In the 400 meter hurdles she finished with a time of 1:08.16.  Senior Cara Grinde cleared 3.20 meters (10’6”) in the pole vault to become a conference champion while sophomore Jocelyn Bright’s final javelin throw of 32.86 meters (107’10”) jumped her up from third to first as she too finished as a conference champion.

Also helping the Lady Trojans to its first place finish were all-conference athletes Jasman Edmond (100m), Sarah Wilson (400m), Breanna Newton (800m, 1500m), Nicole Griesbaum (10,000m), Holland McCoy (high jump), Cailey Wilkinson (pole vault), and Molley Patrick (Discus).  Riddle (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Grinde (pole vault) and Bright (javelin) also accumulated all-conference honors.

The men’s team finished with four athletes laying claim to an individual conference title.  In the track events both juniors Philiph Tonui and Andre Townsend finished first in their events.  Tonui finished the 10,000 meter run 36 seconds ahead of second place in a time of 33:17.39 while Townsend won the 110 meter hurdles almost a full second ahead of the competition with a time of 14.65 seconds.  In the field events freshman Easton Padden and sophomore John Anderson both laid claim to a conference championship.  Padden finished as a champion in the pole vault with a vault of 4.27 meters (14’0”) while Anderson won the javelin throw with a toss of 47.55 meters (156’0”).

Earning all-conference honors on the men’s side was Chris Smith (high jump).  Tonui (10,000m), Townsend (110m hurdles, 200m), Padden (pole vault), and Anderson (javelin, 400m hurdles) all finished as all-conference athletes as well.

“I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a team leave so much on the track as our team did this weekend,” commented Coach Jason Lewkowicz.  “The ladies were relentless in pursuing their goal of a conference championship and their efforts paid off.  I am so proud of all that they accomplished.  More importantly, I was humbled by all of the little things I saw them do to honor Christ and shine His light throughout the weekend.”

The Trojans will now participate in the Last Chance Meet held by Indiana University this weekend as it will try to qualify a few more athletes for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships on May 26-28 in Marion, IN.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations