MOUNT VERNON – Athletes from 10 schools will compete for 18 men's and women's event titles this weekend at the Midwest Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Cornell College in the Small Multi-Sport Center Arena.
The championships get underway Friday with field events at 1 p.m., and running events to start at 3:45 p.m. The meet continues Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the final event scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
Monmouth has taken the last 14 men's team titles, and 12 straight on the women's side. The top three placewinners in each event earn all-conference status.
Cornell's women's team has a strong contingent of medal hopefuls, led by freshman Abrah Masterson who ranks in the top five in four events. Masterson carries the MWC's top time in the 3000 (10:14.06). She ranks second in the mile (5:08.51), fourth in the 5000 (19:17.51) and fifth in the 800 (2:23.42).
Senior Laura Ettlin is a returning all-conference indoor performer in the 3000 (second) and mile (third). She enters with the third-fastest time in both the mile (5:13.69) and 5000 (19:13.53), and is fourth in the 3000 (10:39.01).
Sam Martinez ranks second in the 3000 (10:29.51). The Ram women are also second in the distance medley relay (13:10.23).
Nikki Leach is fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.82). Madison Acree enters fifth in both the weight throw (47-5.69) and shot put (41-11.15). Katie Gilbert is listed fifth in the triple jump (35-0.08), and Ty Person fifth in the long jump (16-8).
The Cornell men own the season's second-quickest clocking in the distance medley relay (11:05.94). Junior Preston Ritchie stands fifth in the 60 (7.14), and Kenny Smith fifth in the high jump (6-2.02).
Junior Lawrence Dennis ranks seventh in both the 3000 (9:06.37) and 5000 (16:14.11).
Cornell placed sixth in last year's women's field with 53.5 points. The men scored 36.5 points for seventh.