Foster Co-Field AOY Award Tops WPU at League Meet
Sterling, Ill.–Meaghan Foster (Fr., Centerville, Iowa, Undecided) showed she will be a force in the league for years to come as she led the William Penn women’s track and field team at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships Saturday.
Foster placed high in two events en route to being named Co-MCC Field Athlete of the Year. Her efforts were key to the Lady Statesmen taking fifth place with 36 points. St. Ambrose dethroned Grand View with 229.5 points. The Vikings, who finished third with 157 points, had won all five previous Championships.
Foster, who shared the AOY honor with St. Ambrose’s pole vaulter Jaclyn Scavuzzo, won the shot put with a new school record of 42-3.25. She also placed fourth in the weight throw at 49-0.75.
Sade Myers (So., Honolulu, Hawaii, Elementary Education) was also a multiple point-scorer, placing second in the 600-meter run in 1:41.74 and fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.42.
Alora Simmons (Fr., Newton, Iowa, Elementary Education) was next on the scoring list with a fourth-place finish in the high jump (4-11.75), while Audre Harris (Sr., Junction City, Kan., Undecided) was seventh in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.03 seconds. Emily Giles (Fr., New Salisbury, Ind., Elementary Education) concluded her team’s scoring with an eighth-place long jump of 15-9.
Valinn McReynolds (Grad., Bellville, Texas, Masters of Business Leadership) narrowly missed scoring points as she was ninth in both the 3,000-meter run (11:42.45) and 5,000-meter run (20:15.14). Tamara Weltch (Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Human Services/Sociology), who had a weight throw of 39-3, and Kristin Lastovka (Fr., Brooklyn, Iowa, Business Management), who had a shot put of 34-1.5, were ninth at the Championships as well.
Mount Mercy’s Jenna Higgins was named MCC Track Athlete of the Year, while St. Ambrose’s Dan Tomlin received Coach of the Year laurels from his peers.
Next: William Penn travels to Cedar Falls next Friday to compete in the UNI Dome Open for its last chance to qualify individuals for nationals.