Regents Set Records at Ranger Relays

Jonathan Ponce Cuiriz
Jonathan Ponce Cuiriz

SOMERS, Wis. - The Rockford University indoor track and field teams had an outstanding showing on Friday at the UW-Parkside Ranger Relays. The Regents' Nicole Melson (Harvard, Ill.) continued her hot start to the season as she broke the school record in the weight throw. Additionally Rockford had 14 top-five finishes including Tyrece Ahrens (Kankakee, Ill.) winning the long jump and Jonathan Ponce Cuiriz (Kewanee, Ill.) winning the shot put. Overall the RU men's team finished in third place, while the women took sixth place.

Junior thrower Jonathan Ponce Cuiriz had a career day on Friday with a first and second place finish in his two events. Ponce Cuiriz won the shot put event with a personal best throw of 11.05 meters. His throw currently ranks as the 7th farthest in the NACC this season. He followed up that performance with a second place finish in the weight throw with a personal best distance of 11.42 meters. That effort currently sits as the 5th best throw in the NACC so far this year. 

Freshman Tyrece Ahrens continued his excellent start to the season with a first and fourth place finish on Friday. Ahrens won the long jump with a distance of 6.13 meters. He also took fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.55 meters. 

Christian Devant also had a nice day with a pair of top-four finishes. Devant took fourth in the 1000 meter race crossing the finish line in a personal best time of 2:45.69. He also finished third in the high jump with a height of 1.65 meters. 

Nathan Alldritt (Winnebago, Ill.), Nick Thomas (Winslow, Ariz.) and Devon Lawrence (Loves Park, Ill.) were the final three Regents to record a pair of top-five finishes. Alldritt took third in the long jump with a distance of 5.79 meters and fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.55 meters. Thomas finished fourth in both the long jump and shot put with respective distances of 4.64 meters and 10.02 meters. Lawrence took fourth in the weight throw with a personal best distance of 10.76 meters and fifth in the shot put with a throw of 9.89 meters. 

Junior Joe Werkheiser (Lena, Ill.) was the final member of the men's team to record a top-five finish at the Ranger Relays. Werkheiser took fifth in the 1000 meter race as he crossed the finish line in 2:57.47.

Senior Nicole Melson had a great day with a pair of top-ten finishes, while also breaking a school record. Melson took fifth in the weight throw and broke the RU record with a distance of 12.37 meters. Melson's throw is currently the fifth farthest in the NACC this season. She also finished ninth in the shot put with a distance of 9.41 meters. 

Elina Lynge Wagner (Hvidovre, Denmark) and Ali Jaeger (Jefferson, Wis.) were the final two RU women to compete on Friday. Wagner finished seventh in the 400 meter race with a time of 1:15.70 and Jaeger took 17th in the shot put with a throw of 4.35 meters.

The RU indoor track and field teams return to competition next Saturday, January 27 at UW-Platteville.