Atwater Wins Seventh Straight Heading Into IIAC Championships

Feb 19, 2016

2016 Spartan Invite
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Sophomore thrower Tanasha Atwater was at it again after winning both the shot put (13.46/44-2) and the weight throw (15.80/51-10) for her sixth and seventh straight individual wins in leading the University of Dubuque women’s track and field team to a win at the UD Spartan Invite on Friday night.

The Spartans won the meet with 100 points as they outdistanced Loras, Luther, and the rest of the seven-team field by seven points. UD will face the pair again next Friday and Saturday in the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships.

Atwater, who has won 12 of 14 throwing events this winter, bested the field by in both the shot put and weight throw. The reigning Iowa Conference field performer of the week still leads the conference in both events.

Senior Nicole Forson, the previous weight throw record holder set a new personal record by over a foot in the weight throw (15.58m/51-1.5) as she placed runner up to Atwater. Lauren Egnarski and Keely Gleen finished fourth and fifth as the Spartans took four of the Top-5 spots.

Junior Fabiola Ortiz took home third in the mile and moved up to third in the Iowa Conference with a time of 5:15.49. Her time bested her previous season-high of 5:30.

Both MichelleAnn Sanchez and Brittany Burns placed fourth (8.85) in the 55m hurdles and 200 meters (26.94), respectively.

Top UD finishers
55m Hurdles – MichelleAnn Sanchez (8.85) 4th
55m – Candace Enis (7.53) 3rd
200m – Brittany Burns (26.94) 4th
400m – Katrina Pagel (1:03.29) 6th
800m – Kayla Kinateder (2:33.41) 13th
Mile – Fabiola Ortiz (5:15.49) 3rd
3000m – None
4x200m relay - None
4x400m relay – Burns, Ortiz, Solis, Zbilski (4:25.62) 7th
4x800m relay – None
High Jump – Isabella Solis (1.51m/4-11.5) 9th
Long Jump – Bobbi Jo Helgemoe (4.20m/13-9.5) 12th
Shot Put – Tanasha Atwater (13.46m/44-2) 1st
Weight Throw – Tanasha Atwater (15.80m/51-10) 1st
Pole Vault – Amanda Zbilski (3.20m/10-6) 4th