DUBUQUE – Cornell sophomore Brennan Stine broke the 50-second barrier for the first time in winning the 400-meter run to pace the Ram track and field teams Saturday at the Loras Open. No team scores were recorded.
Stine clocked a quick time of 49.5 seconds, good for the second-best outdoor mark in the Midwest Conference this spring. He beat out Monmouth's runner-up Eric Brown (49.74) for the event title in the 20-man field. Stine shaved a full second off his previous-best outdoor mark.
Stine also ran the leadoff leg on Cornell's third-place 4x100 relay, which posted its fastest time of the year in 43.06. The group included Preston Ritchie, Marnel Desir and freshman anchor Ra'Shad Green.
Sophomore Parker Kenyon placed second out of 32 throwers in the discus with a personal-best mark of 140 feet, 1 inch. That effort ranks second in the MWC.
Ritchie qualified for the finals in the 100 and took fifth in 11.41. He ran his best time in the 200 and placed seventh in 22.80.
Lawrence Dennis led the Rams in the men's distance events, placing fourth in the 5000 with a mark of 15:50.71. Jordan Kemme was close behind in seventh (15:53.63). Jacob Butts finished seventh in the 1500 (4:08.88).
On the women's side, sophomore Madison Acree recorded her top 2013 mark in the shot put (41-1.5) and finished third. She was seventh in the discus (122-0).
Sanjuanita Martinez continued her fine freshman season with a third-place showing in the 3000 steeplechase (11:57.15). Leslie Smebak took fifth in the 800 (2:23.64). In the triple jump, Katie Gilbert placed sixth with a mark of 33-9.5.
Drake Relays – The Cornell men's 4x200 relay competed in the college division of the Drake Relays Friday afternoon in Des Moines. The team of Stine, Ritchie, Marnel Desir and Green was disqualified for a handoff out of the zone. The Rams finished the race in 1:30.99, which would have placed them 16th out of 21 teams.
Coming up – Coach Dan Schofer takes his teams to the Monmouth Invitational Saturday, May 4, in Monmouth, Ill. It's the final tune-up before the MWC Championships May 10-11 in Beloit, Wis.