Track teams prepare for outdoor season

The St. Ambrose University track team may be gearing up for another outdoor season, but first they deserve a breather and a look back after having a great indoor season. The men’s and women’s team broke multiple school records and finished second overall in the conference.
The men’s team finished their indoor season 7-1 with dual meets, first place at the Cornell Quadrangular and a second place finish in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. Senior captain Joe Appah broke the 18-year-old school record of the 200 meter run.
John Darmody also broke multiple records. The St. Ambrose junior is an All-American and led the mile at the MCC Indoor Championship. On February 12, Darmody was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Athlete of the Year after winning the 600m, 800m, mile run and 3,000m run, setting conference records in the 600m and 800m races.
Although the team was having difficulty with injuries, Head Coach Dan Tomlin was still pleased with the performance.
“Everyone just had a really great performance, we finished where we thought we would, and everyone gave 100 percent and at the end of the day that is all you can really ask for,” Tomlin stated.
The women’s team was no exception. Like the men, the women set multiple records for indoor. The women also finished in first at the Cornell Quadrangular and second place at the Midwest Collegiate Conference. For dual meets, the record came in at an impressive 8-2.
The relay team of Abby Parsons, Jen Rushton, Kate Benge, and Rachel Luehrs broke the 17-year-old 4 by 400 meter relay. Impressively, the same group also broke the 19-year-old record of the 4 by 800 meter relay.
St. Ambrose sophomore Ebonie Butler won the 55m dash at the MCC Indoor Championship, while sophomore Rachel Luehrs won the 55m hurdles at the MCC Indoor Championships. Luehrs earned All-Conference honors in the pentathlon, 55m hurdles, high jump and long jump.
Junior Captain Abby Parsons dominated in the 800 meter run at the MCC Indoor Championship. Parsons also earned All-Conference honors in the 800m, mile and 3,000m run, resetting records from 17 years ago.
All-American Mandy Streu was no omission at the conference meet. Streu was named MCC Athlete of the Year after winning the shot put and finishing third in the weight throw, helping her to receive All-Conference honors.
Senior captain Nick “Huey” Heuermann had a good last indoor conference meet, but is excited and looking ahead to the outdoor season.
“Although I threw my best, and gave my best effort, I think as an athlete you always want to do better, throw farther, and just not become satisfied,” Heuermann said.
Coach Tomlin is also excited to get to the outdoor season, as he knows his team is really excited for it.
“The kids like being outdoors, it’s a great feeling, we get to work better and have better work outs,” Tomlin said.
Watch as the St. Ambrose Track and Field team starts their outdoor season across the river at Augustana College.


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