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Luther finished fourth at the eight-team Augustana-Rock Island Invitational. The Norse posted a team total of 130. Monmouth won the team title with 215.5, followed by Augustana with 172.5 and UW-Whitewater with 164.
Individual first place finishes were posted by Addy Rickels in the Heptathlon, Tricia Serres in the 1500, Jayne Cole in the 5000, and the 4 x 400 relay team.
Rickels finished ahead of 17 competitors in the Heptathlon. Rickels tallied 4,231 points, finishing ahead of teammate Leah Broderick who was second with 4,069. Rickels point total ranks fifth on Luther's all-time list, while Brodericks's ranks ninth.
Serres crushed her own school record in the 1500. Serres was clocked at 4:26.39, nearly six seconds faster than her time at Hamline University two weeks ago. This time currently ranks second in the nation behind Annie Monagle of Johns Hopkins University (4:25.49). Serres won the event by five seconds.
Maggie Pierson also ran the 1500 and finished fourth with a time of 4:40.21 that is not only a personal best but also ranks eighth on Luther's all-time list.
Cole and Christina Storlie led a group of five Luther runners that placed in the top-nine of the 5,000. Cole crossed the finish line in 17:57.98 followed by Storlie at 18:15.65. Lauren Mordini was fourth (18:46.06), Kara Maloney was seventh (19:02.84) and Maddie Lambert was ninth (19:17.93). This fivesome produced 28 points for the Norse.
The foursome of Marea Holkesvik, Anna Hennessy, Serres, and Jordyn Dudek edged Loras College for the win in the 4 x 400. Luther's time was 4:03.18, while Loras was clocked at 4:03.50.
In the field events, Amanda Dunn and Jackie Hoyme placed third and fourth respectively in the discus. Dunn recorded a mark of 136-7 and Hoyme's distances was 135-3. Hoyme's effort was a personal best and ranks eighth all-time.
Hoyme also posted a top-10 mark in the hammer throw with a distance of 127-10 that ranks fourth all-time.
The Norse are scheduled to participate in the Drake Relays this week and those that do not qualify for Drake will compete at the St. Mary's University Invitational on Saturday, April 27.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586