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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Breaking free: USM track teams take down three school records

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  • The University of Saint Mary track and field teams broke three school records Saturday at the Baker University Relays in Baldwin City.
    Junior Josh Whittaker took first place in the 1,500-meter run, breaking the school record with a time of 3:59.7.
    "Josh is really starting to come around and we are very excited for his future as part of our university," USM head track coach David Dominguez said.
    Junior Aaron Potter finished first in the 800-meter run, finishing with a season-best time of 1:57.17.
    He also finished about seven seconds behind Whittaker in the 1,500-meter run to finish second.
    "Aaron is coming back from an injury and really had a great comeback race regardless of injury," Dominguez said.
    Whittaker and Potter were also part of the 4-by-400-meter relay team that finished third. Sophomore Cory Waites and junior Cameron Callahan were the remaining runners on the team.
    The women's team came away with two school records during the meet.
    Freshman Maria Suarez broke the school record in the triple jump after finishing second with a jump of 36 feet and 9 inches.
    Dominguez said Suarez's goal is to hit the national qualifying mark this season after missing it by five inches at Baker.
    Suarez also finished second in the long jump with a mark of 15 feet and 9 inches.
    Senior Karolina Banasik hit a pole-vaulting mark of 8 feet and 9 inches, which broke the school record. It was the first time she competed in the event at USM.
    Freshman Remy Crouch took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.57. She completed the 200-meter dash in 26.57 to take third.
    Crouch, Banasik, freshman Samantha Winter and sophomore Lindee Clair took second place in the 4-by-400-meter relay.
    Next up for USM is the William Jewel Invite on Saturday in Liberty, Mo.
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