Winters Continues to Flourish After Setting School Record

Feb 14, 2015 | None


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Ernest Winters doesn’t take breaks. He just breaks records.

For the second week in a row, Winters dipped below 7.0 seconds in the 60m, this time breaking a University of Dubuque men’s track school record with a 6.89 at the UW-Platteville Invitational on Saturday. Winters’ time of 6.89 is the third straight personal record for the freshman, sits third in the nation, and leads the Iowa Conference (IIAC) by a wide margin heading into the conference meet in two weeks.

It was an impressive individual performance that paved the way for a successful day for the Spartans, especially the underclassmen. No team scores were kept.

"We had a good day today, with many personal and seasonal bests all around," said Assistant Coach Geoff Gundlach. "All the event groups did a nice job and competed hard. Plus it's fun to see a few more school records go down as well."

Fellow freshman Sterling Jones placed third in the 60 meters with a 7.01, also a personal record and good for second-best in the Iowa Conference. Deshond Robinson completed the Spartan sprinting trifecta after finishing sixth with a time of 7.10. Robinson followed up with a winning time of 22.42 in the 200 which overtook Winters for the top mark in the Iowa Conference thus far.

Robinson also led off the 4x200-meter relay team that also featured Andy Sierra, Jamey Foster, and Hurshel Ross to a second-place finish with a time of 3:27.88.

The Spartans currently hold eight of the Top-10 IIAC marks combined between the 60m and 200m events. Seven of those eight times are held by freshman with Winters, Robinson, and Jones all in the Top-30 nationally in either the 60m or 200m events.

On the distance side was freshman Alec Bass who placed 14th, but  turned in a school record of 15:34.96 in the 5000 meters. Bass’ time surpassed teammate Payton Nevills old record of 15:46.91 set last year. At today’s meet, Nevills ran a 15:46.58 to finish 17th.

In the field, freshman Colby Rattenborg sets personal record in the long jump with a leap of 6.51m/21’4.25” to finish third. Rattenborg also placed sixth in the triple jump with a 12.42m/40’9” leap. 

Sophomores DuVaun Goodlow (1.95m/6’4.75”) and Jeremy Lawson (1.90m/6’2.75”) ended up third and fourth in the high jump, respectively.

Junior Mario-John Otchere nabbed a fourth place showing in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 15.85m/52’.

The Spartans host their third indoor meet of the season next Friday, February 20 starting at 11:00 a.m.