Track teams finish first in six events in final tune-up


The Webster University men’s and women’s track teams had five members earn a first place finish across six events in the Wildcat Open hosted by Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) on Saturday, March 23. The competition was the final meet for the Gorloks before they officially begin their outdoor season later this week.

Senior Aaron Oberneufemann had two first-place results at the Wildcat Open. In the 400-meter dash, Oberneufemann ran a time of 51.46 seconds for the best time out of 10 runners. He also competed in the men’s triple jump and set a Webster record of 12.69 meters. Seven men total attempted the triple jump.

Senior Daniel Henkey set a Gorlok men’s track record with his time of 16 minutes, 10.58 seconds in the 5,000-meter run. His mark placed him first out of eight runners. Henkey beat teammates senior Ethan Jeffries and sophomore Jason Hickson, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, senior David Koppelmann took first place against his one opponent from St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference school Westminster College (Mo.). Koppelmann ran the event in 1:08.91.

Henkey, Oberneufemann, sophomore Greg Fletcher and freshman Charles Whitehead took second out of two teams with a time of 8:47.77. The men’s team finished fifth overall out of six schools in the competition.

On the women’s side, sophomore Jenny Howard took first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.12 out of 10 runners. Howard also found herself in first place out of nine competitors in the 200-meter dash. Her time was 26.19. This was the second time in the spring season Howard has finished first in the 200.

Sophomore Kristen McDowell earned second place among three jumpers in the women’s high jump. She leapt 1.42 meters. Howard, junior Julie Greenough, freshman Lauren Hoover and freshman Amy Stanke ran the 4×400 meter relay in 4:42.44 to place the quartet second among the two participating teams.

The women’s team overall finished fifth among six schools that participated. Westminster was the only other SLIAC school at the meet.

The first official outdoor meet of the spring season will be the WUSTL Invitational hosted by Washington University (Mo.) on Friday, March 29 at noon and Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m.

For full results of the 2013 Wildcat Open, click here.

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