Ernest Winters Leads the Nation in Men's Track and Field Outdoor Opener

Apr 3, 2015

WAVERLY, Iowa - The University of Dubuque track and field teams were led by a flurry of personal records and sophomore Ernest Winters, who set the nation's number one time after winning the 100m (10.49) at the Wartburg Outdoor Select Invite on Friday afternoon.

Winters efforts gave the Spartans a fourth-place finish out of seven teams with 107 points as they trailed Augustana (Ill.) (256.5 points), Wartburg (202), and Grand View (111.5). 

Winters, the Iowa Conference Indoor Track Most Valuable Performer, posted a wind-aided 10.70 in the 100m prelims and followed up with his 10.49 in the finals. The Middleton, Wis. native's time leads the nation by a wide margin of 0.19 seconds in the early going of outdoor season. Following up Winters was Sterling Jones, who set a personal record in the 100m with a 10.98 to finish sixth.

Payton Nevills set a personal record in winning the 3000m steeplechase (9:43.20). His previous best was 9:59.91 set last year.

Nicholas Kazmierczak staked victory in the pole vault after eclipsing 4.40m/14'5.25", a new personal record. Alexander Schlueter also snagged a PR and garnered third with a vault of 4.10m/13'5.25".

Kebba Bojang won the triple jump with a leap of 13.16m/43'3.25".

Setting another UD personal record was Colby Rattenborg, who leapt 6.43m/21'1.25" to garner runner-up in the long jump. Adding UD's other runner-up showing was the 4x100m relay team of Andy Sierra, Winters, Kyle Williams, and Jones in a time of 42.00.

And Alex Link tossed the discus 43.63m/143'2" to earn third place and a strong personal record. John Gregory added a fifth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 39.39m/129'3".

Both UD men and women fielded limited teams due to the season-opening meet.

The Spartans travel to the UW-Platteville Invitational next Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m.