Records broken en route to track and field MCC titles

John Darmody served notice that he will be remembered.

The fifth year senior won four events and was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Track Athlete of the
Year leading the way for the men to win the MCC Championship.

The Bees finished with 17 points more than defending champions Grand View and had over 17 athletes earn all-MCC honors.

Through Darmody’s career he won an unprecedented 12 individual championships. No other athlete in conference history has won more than 8 individual titles.

In his final race, Darmody, joined by Aubrey Barnes, Dean Knieps and Nick Gentzler, broke the conference record in the distance medley relay and put an exclamation point on the title. Heading into the 3000m race the Bees led Grand View by just a half point, but Darmody’s win and Ryan Buchanan’s third place finish in the 3K set up the slam dunk in the 4×8 relay.

The first event on the track got things going in the right direction for SAU as Nate McNamara, Jordan Kremer, Gentzler and Jay Whitmore won the distance medley relay with a conference record time.

Also picking up wins for the Bees were Kaz Johnson in the high jump, Joseph Torres in the 400m, Wes Vaden in the shot put and Robert Cole in the triple jump.

“All of the men did their jobs today, and just competed tremendously well,” SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. “John is an incredible athlete and he showed today why he is the best athlete this conference has ever seen. He put us on his shoulders and carried us to this championship.”

The Queen Bees made history Saturday, winning the school’s first ever Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship. The Bees ended a streak of five straight titles by Grand View, finishing more than 60 points ahead of runner-up Mount Mercy with the Vikings finishing third.

Megan Byrne stole the show on the track for the Bees as the freshman won the 600m and 800m runs and anchored the 4x800m relay to victory. Joining Byrne on the relay were Amanda Aberle, Katie Beckett and Kate Groenhagen.
The Bees were dominate in the distance events, as freshman Nicole Wager won the mile, junior Becca Wilder won the 3000m and senior Tina Eden won the 5000m. In the mile, 3K and 5K the Bees took five of the eight scoring positions. 

SAU was equally as dominating in the field events as SAU swept up five of the top six spots in the triple jump with Naomi Patrnchak taking home the win. 

Jaclyn Scavuzzo won the pole vault with a conference record leap of 10-9.5, besting the old record by a half inch. Scavuzzo also scored a point in the triple jump and was named MCC Field Athlete of the Year.

“This has been quite a process with the women’s team building a successful, balanced group and they have earned everything they received today,” SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. “The group of seniors on this team have set the standard and the younger kids have raised the bar even more. I’ve never had more fun coaching a group of men and women than I have had this year.”

Tomlin was also named MCC Coach of the Year for both the men and women. Tomlin said he sees the award more as a coaching staff award as the team’s success depends on the rest of the coaching staff: Dan Zeimet, Ryan Saddler, Beth Cunningham, Tom Peppers, Marcus Simpao, Shannon Turczyn and Megan Manning. 

“We have a really dedicated staff who work for next to nothing just to make the kids and the team better and I’m truly blessed,” Tomlin said. “Being able to share these championships and awards with the coaches and athletes makes all the hard work worth it.”


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