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      Sucessful Opening Weekend For Bulldog Track & Field Squads

      ST. LOUIS â?? The Bulldog Womenâ??s Track & Field Team placed third and the men had a pair of second place finishes en route to a fifth place team finish in the season opening Washington (Mo.) University Invitational. Competing on the historic site of the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, the women scored 79 points in the two-day meet and were just three shy of Saint Louis University for the team title. The men scored 43 team points and placed fifth. Rebecca Nelson accumulated a NCAA Division II provisional point total of 4,608 points to place second in the womenâ??s heptathlon. On Saturday, Nelson won the long jump with a personal best 18-03.25 and placed second in the Javelin with a toss of 115-03. In the 800, Nelson crossed the line in seventh place at 2:43.68. Earlier in the meet, she was second in the 100 meter hurdles, fourth in the 200 meter dash, third in the high jump and second in the shot put. The winner of the heptathlon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeeâ??s Shelby Schaal, set a stadium record with 5,083 points. Lisa Kucharski was second in the 400 meter hurdles as she finished in 1:03.82 and Taylor Dinyer scored points with a seventh place finish with a time of 1:07.78. Dinyer took sixth in the 100 meter hurdles with another personal best time of 15.75. Katie Hirsch ran 11:53.58 and finished fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with Emma Burditt closing in fifth at 11:56.47. Rachel McCarroll took third in the hammer throw with a mark of 150-02 and Dimonique McGruder was sixth in the shot put at 41-04.25. The men got a pair of second place finishes out of Zach Thomas and Matt Schaefer. Thomas ran 55.76 in the 400 meter hurdles while Schaefer cruised to a 1:55.22 time in the 800 meter run. B.J. Smith scored points for the Bulldogs with a fourth in the 110 high hurdles and a seventh in the 100 meter dash. Smith ran 15.10 in the hurdles and 11.01 in the dash, both personal outdoor best marks. Matthew Smith was seventh in the shot and Matt Wisniewski was seventh in the hammer throw. The teams return to the track next Saturday at the Central Methodist Invitational in Fayette, Missouri. Fridayâ??s Recap Karen Grauel was three-hundredths of a second away from a personal best in the womenâ??s 10,000 meter run. Grauel finished 36:54.54 to claim second in the race while sister Cindy was eighth in 37:44.28. Beth Keene took second in her first outdoor triple jump event. Keene set a mark of 33-06.50. The two womenâ??s pole vaulters each achieved personal bests. Kelli Hines was fourth with a vault of 11-03.75 while Laura Stark was tenth as she cleared 10-04.00. On the menâ??s side, Alex Cross set a personal best in the first javelin throw of the season. Cross bettered his previous mark by more than 20 feet as he threw 121-05 to place 24th. Riley Williams was 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 40-04.25 and Alex Volstromer and Brad Hart each improved on their times in the distance races. Volstromer ran 15:49.48 to place 51st out of 118 runners in the 5K while Hart shaved over a minute off his time going 32:53.88 to take 21st in the 10K race. The bulk of the action will take place on Saturday.Courtesy: Truman State University