Track grabs two wins at Wichita State


By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor

A week after winning four events at Northwest Missouri State, the UNO women’s track team followed it up with two wins and more success at the 2012 KT Woodman Classic at Wichita State.  Sophomore Kathie-Lee Laidley won the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 19-09.

Counting the indoor season, it was Laidley’s sixth win of the season in the event.  In the outdoor season Laidley has competed in the long jump five times and won the event every time.

Junior Amanda Vorthmann took home a first place finish as well.  A week after winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at Northwest Missouri, Vorthmann repeated the feat at Wichita State.

Her time of 11:08.33 was almost 17 seconds slower than the previous week, but it was still fast enough to take first by over seven seconds.  Vorthmann’s time from the previous week was less than a second away from her own school record in the event.

Though the two wins were two less than a week ago, multiple Mavs had successful performances.  Freshman Ashley Kildow ran the 1,500 meters with a personal best time for the second week in a row.

Kildow’s time of 4:57.71 was almost three seconds faster than her time at Northwest Missouri State.  At that meet Kildow beat her personal best by a whopping 13 seconds.

Freshman Kristin Rogers finished the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:51.92, UNO’s top time in the event.  Rogers’ mark was good enough for seventh place, one spot ahead of teammate MiKayla Peck.

Peck came in with a time of 18:53.52, her personal best for the event.  On Saturday the Mavs only competed in five events because of threatening weather.

Laidley picked up her win in the long jump and teammate Denneil Shaw grabbed the third spot with a wind-aided 18-07 1/4.  Laidley then went on to tie a personal best in the high jump with a mark of 5-06.

Her personal best was good enough for fourth place in the event.  Shaw earned another top 10, finishing the triple jump in ninth place with a leap of 37-10 3/4.

Freshman Terri Armstrong ran a wind-aided 12.37 in the 100 meters for 17th place, and senior Jody-Ann Coore ran a wind-aided 100 meter hurdles time of 14.96.  Coore’s mark was good enough to give her 10th in the event.