Men's Track and Field wins 2014 GLVC Indoor Championship

Lewis Men's Track and Field wins 2014 GLVC Indoor Championship

Published: March 3, 2014.

The Lewis University men's track and field team won four events and set three conference records to claim its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in nine years at the University of Indianapolis' Athletics & Recreation Center on Saturday (March 1) afternoon.

Lewis finished with 148 points with Missouri S&T in second place with 111 tallies.

"This was a huge hurdle to overcome," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "Learning to win a team title is the hardest part.

"Now we know how to come together and really rise up to the challenge," Schwarting continued. "I could not be prouder of this team."

Schwarting was named the GLVC Men's Coach Of The Year following the meet.

Flyer sophomore Isaac Jean-Paul (Gurnee, Ill./Warren) won the high jump and automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships with a conference and school-record leap of 7'1 1/2" (2.17m). The previous record of 6'5" (2.04m) was set in 2010 by Drury's Tory Groover. Following the meet, Jean-Paul was selected as the GLVC Field Athlete of the Year.

Lewis junior Kevin Dorenkamper (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) broke the GLVC record in the 60-meter hurdles, tying a personal-best and setting a NCAA Provisional mark of 8.20. The previous conference record of 8.23 was set by Indianapolis' Jermel Kindred in 2013.

Flyer junior Matt Jemilo (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) won the 800-meter run, setting a new conference record with a NCAA Provisional time of 1:52.92. The previous record of 1:53.49 was set by Southern Indiana's Jesse Davis in 2006.

Lewis sophomore Matthew Simmons (Calumet City, Ill./Marian Catholic) captured second-place in the triple jump with a leap of 45'11 3/4" (14.01m), while junior Robert Sterling (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) also picked up a runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash (50.98). Flyer junior Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) finished second in the 3,000-meter run with a NCAA Provisional time of 8:29.2.

Flyer sophomore Jared Harkness (Elmwood, Ill./Elmwood) set a school-record and NCAA Provisional showing in the pentathlon with a second-place finish of 4,823 points. Lewis' previous record-holder in the pentathlon was Phil Hodur (4,715 points) in 2012.

Sterling and Jemilo would both run a leg of the Flyers' winning 4x400 relay (3:23.72). Other members of the team include senior Mike Gallagher (Poplar Grove, Ill./Rockford Lutheran) and freshman Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac).

Lewis returns to action on March 13th, as they await word to see who will join Jean-Paul at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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