Gutierrez wins 10th MWC title

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DE PERE, Wis. - The Beloit College women's and men's track and field teams captured 15 podium spots, including seven first places at the 2019 Midwest Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Schneider Stadium.

The Buccaneers women finished third for the second year in a row while the men were fifth at the event hosted by St. Norbert College Friday and Saturday.

Senior Jose Gutierrez highlighted the golds for the men winning the 400-meter hurdles for the fourth time in his career with a time of 54.54 seconds. The gold increased his career total to 10,

On the women's side on Saturday, Aminah Crawford, Lena Ramsey and Melissa Pelkey each registered first-place finishes. Crawford won the 200 (25.36), Ramsey won the triple jump (11.61 meters, 38-1.25) and Pelkey took the 800 (2:17.51).

The Bucs dominated the triple jump. In addition to Ramsey, Eva Laun-Smith was runnerup at 11.60 meters (38-075). Aleeshah Heinzen was fifth and Sydney Crockett was eighth. Heinzen, a senior, increased her career medal count to 16 including three golds, seven silver and six bronze.

Beloit added a number of other runnerup finishes Saturday. Shelby Kline was the second to cross the finish line in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:47.47) while teammate Jamie Manchen was eighth. Crawford was second in the 100 meters (12.18).

The Bucs women's relay squads both finished second as Ramsey, Crawford, Genesis Dade and Heinzen were runnerup in the 4x100 (48.35) and Pelkey joined Dade, Crawford and Heinzen for second in the 4x400 (4:07.21). Laun-Smith was fourth in the 100 hurdles.

For the men, Avery Sutherland was second in the steeplechase (9:50.96) while Dan Arkes was third and Charles Sandberg was seventh. Matthew Miller's 110-meter hurdles time of 15.25 also gave him second. He was fifth in the 400 hurdles.

• FRIDAY'S RECAP: Laun-Smith broke her own record in the 100 hurdle prelims with a clocking of 14.79. She also won the high jump (1.55 meters, 5-1) and successfully defended her 2018 title in the long jump (5.48 meters, 17-11.75).

The top seed, Scott Fuchs registered a third gold in the javelin with a heave of 56.05 meters (183-11). He topped the competition by more than 25 feet.

Dan Arkes was the runnerup in the 1,500 (3:59.31). Miller posted a fifth-place finish in the pole vault (3.8 meters, 12-5.50).

• PELKEY HONORED: Senior Melissa Pelkey was named the winner of the MWC's Elite 20 Award, given to the student-athlete at each league championship who holds the highest grade-point average.

Pelkey, a biochemistry and Spanish double major, boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA and is the first Buc from any sport to earn the award since it began four years ago.

SNC WINS: St. Norbert's women claimed their fifth straight MWC Outdoor title with 222.5 points. Monmouth was second with 134.5 and Beloit third with 113.

SNC's Graceanne Tarsa was named Outstanding Female Track Performer of the Meet, while Audrey Makope was named Newcomer of the Year. The Green Knights' Don Augustine was named MWC Coach of the Year.

For the men, Monmouth won the title for the 18th time in the past 19 years with 227.5 points, followed by SNC (101) and Illinois College (92.5).

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