Shot Putters, Atwater and Murfin, Victorious at Monmouth Invite

Jan 24, 2016

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Sophomore Tanasha Atwater set a shot put school record for the second straight week and freshman Blaze Murfin won his first-ever meet as the University of Dubuque track and field teams competed at the Monmouth Indoor Invite on Saturday afternoon.

No team scores were kept at Monmouth, but the Spartans saw a number of standout performances from the small group of athletes that competed.

Atwater, the reigning Iowa Conference Female Athlete of the Week, stepped up and threw a new school record of 13.83M/45-4.5 twice on her first and last throws of the day. Senior Nicole Forson and sophomore Lauren Egnarski weren’t far behind placing second (38-4.25) and fourth (37-10), respectively. Both Atwater and Forson followed up their shot put performances with a 1-2 finish in the weight throw thanks to marks of 14.76m/48-5.25 and 13.96m/45-9.75.

Collecting a pair of Top-3 performances was freshman Isabella Solis in the high jump (1.53m/5-0.25) and the 60m hurdles (9.95).

Distance runners had themselves a day with Fabiola Ortiz placing second in the 3000m (10:44.57) and Kiersten Wenthold taking third with a 20-second personal record of 11:07.10.

Murfin, a freshman, led the men and tossed a 15.02m/49-3.5 in a field that featured a Top-5 filled with underclassmen. His mark leads the Iowa Conference and is 23rd nationally.

A week after setting the second-fastest 3000m time in school history, sophomore distance standout Alec Bass broke the all-time record with a third-place finish in a time of 8:40.75. Bass's time is currently 25th in the country and second in the Iowa Conference.

Sophomore Clayton Gray snagged a fifth-place showing in the 60m high hurdle finals in 8.96 while sophomore Colby Rattenborg finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 6.39m/20-11.75.

Kayla Kinateder represented the women in the mile and set a new personal record while Austin Yirkovsky and Hunter Reifschneider followed suit with personal records of their own in the mile.

Hunter Klose crossed the line in third in the men’s 800m with a time of 2:00.64.

The Spartans will defend both 2015 men’s and women’s team titles at the Cornell Hilltop Invite next Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m.