With the outdoor track and field season quickly approaching, the St. Catharine Patriots sought refuge indoors for their first indoor track and field meet of the season at Indiana Wesleyan.
The St. Catharine Patriots were coming off of a successful 2013 campaign that saw two conference champions with Troy Mattingly (Louisville, Ky.) in the Decathlon and Nicole Peterson (Louisville, Ky.) in the 100 Meter Hurdles. In Mattingly’s first event on Saturday, 60 Meter Hurdles, he managed to come away with a third place finish by posting a 10.09, just a second off from second place. Later in the day Mattingly took his turn at the long jump where he posted a 5.24 meter mark, placing him just behind teammate Tyler Dunn (Harrodsburg, Ky.) who posted a 5.61. Dunn accompanied teammate Neshawn Gordon (Louisville, Ky.) in the Men’s 200 Meter race, where Gordon snagged a 26.57 time and sixth overall, while Dunn came in just behind posting a 26.50. Dunn found his most success of the day in the Men’s Triple Jump, where he finished second behind Gordon with a 12.06 meter jump, while Gordon posted a 13.92 mark.
In the Men’s Shot Put Kameron Lackey (Bardstown, Ky.) came away with a third place finish out of seven throwers by posting an 11.68 meter throw, just ahead of teammate Andrew Martin with a 10.92 mark. Later, Martin snagged a first place finish in the Men’s Weight Throw with a 9.31 meter throw, giving him his first collegiate victory.
On the women’s side, Michelle Dunaway (Louisville, Ky.) qualified for the 60 Meter final by posting an 8.96 second time. In the final Dunaway was able to improve her time, moving up to an 8.94 second mark. In the Long Jump, Dunaway struck again nailing a 4.77 meter finish, placing her just outside of the top 10. Teammate Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) got in on the action by posting a 3.77 meter mark, just steps away from her competition. In the High Jump Just nailed a 1.40 Meter jump, but just missed the 1.45 meter height to advance to the next jump. In the Triple Jump Just brought home a top five finish with her 9.28 meter jump, improving on last season’s numbers.
In their next event, the Patriots will travel north once more to exactly the same exit off of Interstate 69 when they visit Taylor University in Upland, Indiana on February 1st.