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Green Knights Run Well at Northern Challenge

From Sports Information Director, January 31, 2009 | Men's Track & Field
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

MARQUETTE, Mich. - The St. Norbert College men's track and field team had a solid showing at the Northern Challenge, hosted at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome.

The unscored meet featured a mix of NCAA Division II and Division III schools. St. Norbert held its own against the competition, placing well in several events.

Jordan Gobert claimed the Green Knights' lone event championship, winning the pole vault with a height of 3.81 meters. Gobert was also second in the 55-meter hurdles with a sprint of 8.22 seconds.

Paul Leeman claimed a pair of runner-up finishes in the triple jump and high jump. Leeman triple jumped 13.56 meters and cleared 1.90 meters in the high jump. Leeman went on to add a seventh-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.16 seconds.

Tony Grossman added a second-place finish in the pole vault at 3.66 meters, while Tony Dionne was second in the shot put at 13.30 meters.

Mackenzie Laska finished second in the 1-mile run, posting a time of 4:29.53. Laska also placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.86.

St. Norbert's 4x200-meter relay team of Dann Schneider, Gobert, Brent Schreiber and Dustin Dessell placed second. The foursome finished in a time of 1:34.17.

St. Norbert had a trio of finishers in the top eight in the 400-meter dash. Schreiber was fifth in 54.30 seconds, John Barrett seventh (55.01) and Tony Grossman eighth (56.10).

Schreiber (6.40 meters), Dann Schneider (6.25 meters) and Dessell (6.14 meters) placed fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump. Schreiber added a sixth-place finish in the high jump at 1.80 meters. Schneider was fourth in the triple jump at 12.77 meters.

Dionne (12.96 meters), Bret Blozinski (12.06 meters) and Connor Thornton (11.58 meters) were sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the weight throw. Blozinski placed third in the shot put at 13.06 meters.

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