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Track & Field Women reclaim CCIW Champions title

March 1 2018
Last Saturday on Feb. 24, the Wheaton Women’s Track and Field team claimed the CCIW Indoor Championship title for the second year in a row. The athletes displayed outstanding performances, and both sophomore Favor Ezewuzie and freshman Hannah Roeske set new school records.
Roeske took first place in the 3000-meter race, followed by four other Thunder women who placed in the top six. Roeske ran in a time of 9:53.57, which set both a new school record and a CCIW meet record. Junior Aryn Embretson placed fourth in 10:33.67, Ellie Hawthorne took fifth in 10:41.78, and Megan Bailey achieved sixth place with a time of 10:42.90. Roeske also took the title in the 5000-meter run, finishing with a time of 17:38.04, nearly 16 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Ellie Hawthorne finished in fourth place in 18:19.95, and Megan Bailey finished sixth with a mark of 18:39.95.
In the 4000-meter distance medley relay, the Thunder’s relay squad of junior Elise Alexander, junior Rose Favino, freshman Anna Joy Setran and freshman Brianna Hawthorne placed second in the conference, posting a time of 12:41.84.
Junior Erika Johnson won the conference title in the one-mile race by crossing the finish line in 5:12.59. Senior Ellie Hawthorne followed close behind, earning sixth place with a time of 5:18.97. In the 800-meter, Johnson placed third in 2:19.7, and Brianna Hawthorne finished fourth in 2:21.47.
Ezewuzie broke school records and took first place in both the 55-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.34 seconds, and the 55-meter race, with a mark of 7.22 seconds. Freshman Tess Sutton finished fourth in the same race in 8.61 seconds, and junior Abby Grace McGee captured fifth with a time of 8.64 seconds. Ezewuzie also set a new school record in the long jump for the second time this year. Her leap of 5.48 meters earned her second place in the event.
Wheaton’s 4×400 relay team of Marissa Heath, McGee, Favino and senior Nicole Kitchen finished in second place with their time of 4:04.42. Heath also placed in the 400-meter race, coming in fourth in 59.14.
The women’s pentathlon saw three Wheaton ladies in the top five. Kitchen accumulated 3,206 points for a first-place finish. She broke the school record of 3,080, which she set last year. Senior Makenna Sanderstook earned third place overall, with 2,945 points, and junior Cassidy Foxhoven scored a fifth-place finish, earning 2,671 points.
In the high jump, junior Katie Lindquist leapt 1.60 meters, good for a second place victory. Kitchen placed sixth in the high jump with an effort of 1.55 meters.
The Wheaton women are excited about their back-to-back championships. Coach Scott Bradley emphasized, “We had a great weekend on both sides. It was a total team effort with a lot of people really coming through from all the events. I could not have been more pleased with the team!”
Next, Wheaton will take their qualifying athletes and head to the last meet of the indoor track season in Birmingham, Ala. on Mar. 9-10. They are excited to compete and represent Wheaton at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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