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Regents Compete at Div. I Meet

Monday, April 04, 2011  
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CHARLESTON, Ill. - The Running Regents spent the weekend at Eastern Illinois University competing in the Big Blue Classic, a two-day meet involving schools such as: Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Western Michigan University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Freshman Genesis Cerrato (Las Vegas, Nev./ Valley) was first to compete in the women's 5,000 meter run. Cerrato's previous personal record, which was set in high school, was just over 21:20. Running through rain, hail, and lightning, Cerrato ran to a time of 19:12.47, breaking not only her personal record, but also broke the Rockford College record by over 2:30.
Next on the track for the Running Regents was the Men's 10,000 meter run. Senior David Gray (Erie, Ill./ Erie) and sophomore Eric Woelbling (St./ Louis, Mo./ McCleur North) took on the 25 lap challenge for the first time together. After a 45 minute wait due to lightning, David and Eric began their race. Both ran together until the 3 mile mark, then David broke away from Eric. Gray ran to a time of 38:26.66 and Woelbling ran to a time of 38:59.63.

After a thrilling day one competition in the Big Blue Classic at Eastern Illinois University, day two brought even more thrills! On a perfect day to compete, the Running Regents didn’t fail to impress. A staggering nine school records were broken on day two alone, bringing a total of 10 total school records broken at the Big Blue Classic.

First to compete was freshman John Francour (Wadsworth, Ill./ Warren Township) in the discus throw. After scratching his first throw, Francour used the wind to his advantage and tossed threw the disc 28.73m on his second attempt. Following John’s early success, the women competed in the 100m.

Freshmen Danielle Buttel (Pecatonica, Ill./ Pecatonica) and Barbara Duffy (Tampico, Ill./ Prophetstown) toed the line in their individual heats in the 100 meter dash where they were the only Division III student-athletes competing against Division I athletes. Both keeping up with their competition, Buttel edged Duffy for a new school record of 13.25 seconds. Barbara ran to a respectable 14.0 seconds. Later, Duffy ran to a new 200m school record, beating it by over 2 seconds. Her new school record time was 28.32 seconds.

For the first time in school history, the women’s team put a 4x100m relay on the track. An exciting time for the Track and Field program, the women did not disappoint running to a time of 53.93 seconds.

The record setting day caught fire when Buttel continued her streak in the long jump. After her first attempt in the long jump and competing in the 100 meters, Buttel jumped to an outstanding 4.73m in her second jump.

Meanwhile, Cerrato was back on the track running the 1500 meters. Cerrato was joined by fellow freshman Ashley Eggert (Machesney Park, Ill./ Harlem), they both toed the line in a field full of Division I athletes. Cerrato kept with the lead pack as Eggert followed. Genesis ran to a new personal best and school record of 5:19.64 beating the previous record by 10 seconds, and Ashley also running to a personal best time of 5:40.85.

Junior Bobby Tassone (Sandwich, Ill./ Sandwich) and senior Heather Goodrich (Tinley Park, Ill./ Victor J. Andrew) extended their streaks of setting records in the jumps. Tassone jumped to a new outdoor personal best and school record of 5.56 meters in the long jump, while never hitting the board. Goodrich then followed good fortune and jumped to a 1.5 foot improvement, and new school record of 9.41 meters in the triple jump.

As the day began to conclude, junior Victor Reyes (Winthrop Harbor, Ill./ Benton Harbor) toed the line in the last event of the day. Reyes, who ran to a 3,000 meter Steeple Chase All-Conference award last year, debued his Steeple Chase event outdoors. With only one other Division III student-athlete in the race, Victor started in last place. As the race developed, Reyes moved to the front, and began to lead. With one lap to go, it was apparent that Rockford College would have their first collegiate win at a Division I meet. Reyes ran to a time of 10:07.7, a time good enough to break the school record by over 10 seconds and win the event by 14 seconds.

The Running Regents will be in action again on Friday, April 8 at the Rex Forster Open hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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