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      McCarroll Tops School Record As Bulldogs Compete In Monmouth

      MONMOUTH, Ill. â?? Rachel McCarroll set a new school record in the shot put and the Bulldog Track & Field team won five events Saturday at the Monmouth (Ill.) College Fighting Scot Indoor Invitational.

      McCarroll broke Ashley Colonâ??s 2007 record with a throw of 58-08.50. The mark bettered McCarrollâ??s previous best by seven inches and increased her NCAA provisional mark moving her up to 13th on the Division II performance list.

      She finished second in the event.

      Dimonique McGruder also set a new best mark in the event, topping the 50 foot mark for the first time. McGruder was fourth at 50-05.50.

      Lexie Rollet was the third thrower in the event for the Bulldogs with a high mark of 38-06.75. Karen Grauel was one of two event winners on the womenâ??s side.

      Grauel ran 17:49.28 in the 5000 meter run. Rebecca Nelson had a busy day as she competed in three individual events.

      Nelson was first in the 60 meter hurdles with a top time of 9.19 in the finals, fifth in the high jump at 5-01.00 and 18th in the shot put. Brittni Campbell was second in the 60 meter dash and Taylor Dinyer was third in the 60 meter hurdles with a best time of 9.55. Both the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay teams finished third. The Bulldog men brought home a trio of first place finishes and had eight personal best marks set during the meet.

      Ryan Peterson won the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.02 and ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay that won in 3:24.78.

      Joining Peterson on the relay were Zach Thomas, Nick Anderson and Matt Schaefer. Schaefer had the other individual title for the men as he claimed the 800 meter run in 1:56.08. B.J. Smith was the top qualifier in the 60 meter hurdles at 8.46 but did not finish in the finals.

      Jared Boyd ran 8.97 in the finals to take eighth. Other top track marks included Anderson in the 200 meter dash at 23.37, Brad Hart in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:01.78 and Thomas in the 400 meter dash at 4:31.93. Matthew LaPointe topped 14 feet in the pole vault for the first time in his Bulldog career.

      LaPointe cleared 14-01.25 and tied for fifth in the event.

      His previous best was 13-11.25. Riley Williams achieved a personal best in the triple jump with a leap of 43-03.00 and finished fifth. Matthew Smith was third in the shot put and along with Alex Cross had personal best marks in the weight throw.

      Smithâ??s mark was 42-06.25 while Cross tossed 41-01.50.

      Matt Wisniewski was the top Bulldog in the weight throw at 48-05.50. The Bulldogs return to action on Friday at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge in Columbia.

      Courtesy: Truman State University