The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point track and field team continues to improve after their meet Friday at Carthage College. The men took first with a score of 165 and the women took second, scoring 145.
“Our two home meets were really early in the season so we really treated those like our building blocks,” said sophomore pole vaulter Ryan Finnel.
The men’s team beat the next closest competitor, the University of Illinois - Chicago, by 30 points and host Carthage by 39.
The Pointers had multiple first place finishes on the day. Sophomore Zach Mixdorf finished first in the high jump after he cleared two meters. Sophomore sprinter Babatunde Awosika finished first in the 200-meter. Sophomore Scott Berry and Junior Alex Steiner took first and second, respectively, in the 1,000 meter.
“Winning as a team is great, but it’s the individual finishes that make that possible,” said Finnel. “You just want to keep improving in your event throughout the season so we can be even better down the road.”
Point had four vaulters finish in the top eight Friday, led by sophomore Nick Michalske who placed second with a height of 4.25 meters. Sophomore Justin Hemshrot finished fourth with a height of 4.10 meters. Sophomore Ben Robers and Finnel placed 6 and 7.
“We improved, but we still need work,” said Robers. “I don’t think any of us have reached our full potential yet. We do well in practice--we just need to put it together in a meet.”
The women’s team was a runaway for second place, finishing just 12.5 points behind Carthage and over 40 points above Illinois - Chicago.
The women’s team also had multiple top finishers. Freshman Kristin Mathes took first in the 600-meter dash. Sophomore pole vaulter Leanna Rose placed first after clearing 3.33 meters. Juniors Erin Kline and Alexa Lewin took gold and silver in the 55-meter hurdles.
The Pointers jump back into action Friday when they host the Pointer Invitational and Multi, which will include 20 schools. Events begin at 2 p.m. Friday and continue Saturday at 10:30 a.m.