Track and Field, Ian Round, Staff Writer
Sierra DeLeon ’14 broke two more Kenyon records and won three races on April 19 at the Kenyon Spring Invitational. The women’s team placed sixth out of 12 teams and the men’s team placed ninth out of 14 teams.
“Sierra has been a lot of fun to work with this season,” Head Coach Duane Gomez said. “She really has been enjoying herself. [She] has battled through some injury issues over her athletic career, yet she has never given up and thrown in the towel.”
DeLeon won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in 14.85 seconds and set Kenyon records in the 100-meter dash (12.24 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (24.99 seconds).
“She has seemed to break a record every time she runs,” Gomez said. “Have we expected it? No. Has it surprised us? Probably no to that too.”
Kerry Strader ’14 won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:10.38; Claire Naughton ’17 placed third and Gwendolyn Lloyd ’16 placed sixth.
Kye Duren ’16 placed third in the men’s 200-meter dash and sixth in the 100-meter dash. Gomez said Duren “had an awesome day in the 100 and 200 and continues to improve in leaps and bounds.”
Jenna Willett ’14 and Sam Lagasse ’16, who set Kenyon records in the women’s and men’s 10,000-meter last week at the Bucknell University Bison Outdoor Classic, used the day to recove. Gomez said Willett used the women’s 1,500-meter, in which she placed second, as a speed workout. Gomez said Lagasse ran on his own, rather than entering the meet.
The teams run Friday at the Denison University Last Chance Meet. Gomez said many runners will be resting for the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships at Oberlin College the following weekend. The NCAC Multi-Event Championship will be held at Kenyon Sunday and Monday.
Men’s Lacrosse, Nina Zimmerman, Sports Editor
Last Saturday, the Kenyon’s lacrosse team desperately needed a win. In dominating fashion, the Lords beat DePauw University 16-6 on the Tigers’ turf.
With the win, Kenyon finished the regular season with a 9-6 overall record, 4-3 in conference, and clinched a No. 3-seed in the four-team North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament.
Alex Lopez ’17 led the charge with five goals and one assist, while Nicky Lenard ’15 chipped in three goals and one assist. The Lords led 8-4 at halftime, and used a six-goal third quarter to put the game out of reach of the Tigers.
Yesterday evening, the Lords traveled to Ohio Wesleyan University for the first round of the NCAC tournament, and fell to the No. 2-seeded Battling Bishops 13-4. Kenyon was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
Golf, John Bray, Staff Writer
Head Coach Grant Wallace sat three of his top golfers in an effort to “give them a rest and get some of our other guys experience” for the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougar Spring Classic.
The Lords continued their strong play and improvement over the one-day, 36-hole event. Mason McCool ’17 paced the Lords with rounds of 76 and 75. Zander Nethercutt ’16 also played well, shooting rounds of 79 and 78.
“I wanted to get [McCool and Nethercutt] a little more experience and confidence headed into the conference championships,” Wallace said.
The day’s prominent performance belonged to Ben Payner ’15. Payner shot his collegiate low with a round of 81.
“He’s come a long way, and I’m happy about that,” Wallace said.
Regarding the conference championships, the Lords will key in on individual weaknesses along with chipping and putting in hopes of stealing some strokes.
The Lords will travel to DePauw University next weekend for the first part of the two-weekend-long conference championship, followed by a trip to Wabash College the following weekend for the tournament’s conclusion.
Wallace said he is confident in his team’s ability these next two weekends.
“We have experience playing at both courses and we’ve played well there,” he said.
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