TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Saving their most impressive day for last, the University of Evansville men’s and women’s track and field teams each recorded points on the third and final day of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Aces concluded the championships with six points and a ninth-place finish on the men’s side and a 10th-place finish with 3.5 points for Evansville’s women.
Closing her sophomore season, Anna Lowry put together a magnificent performance in the women’s 5,000 meters. Lowry demolished her program record by more than 30 seconds, earning three points for Evansville with a time of 17:09.18, finishing in sixth.
Evansville’s other half point came in the women’s pole vault competition. Freshman McKenna Sapp finished in a tie for eighth place, clearing a height of 3.4 meters to provide .5 points for the Aces.
Securing a strong finish in the women’s 4x100 meter relay, Evansville nearly added more points to its total. Led by a team of Taiza Alexander, McKenna Sapp, Skylar Tucker and Monica Watkins, the Aces captured a ninth-place finish among 10 teams in the relay, just one spot out of points position.
On the men’s side, Evansville earned a point in the men’s 4x100 meter relay. The team of Brendon Smith, Greg King, Alan Kerstiens, and Nick Ryan finished eighth with a time of 44.26 seconds.
A strong performance in the men’s 4x400 meter relay captured three more points for the Aces. The Evansville contingent of Brendon Smith, Stanley Chepchieng, Peter Blok, and Chris Backer beat out three MVC opponents, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:26.81 in sixth place.
Chepchieng added another pair of points for the Aces in the men’s triple jump competition. The junior recorded a jump of 13.91 meters, earning Chepchieng a seventh-place finish and picking up two more points for Evansville.