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  • #46
    Zack Penrod finished 7th in a very strong field. His time of 3:43.97 is about 1 second off of his PR but is right at the top of the AAC Performance charts this season. A good race two weeks out from the AAC Championships and Zack along with teammates Jed Helker and Adam Moore appear ready to rack up some points at the AAC Championship meet in two weeks. Just need too fine the final two weeks of training to be ready for a peak performance in two weeks.


    • #47
      Rebekah ran a 10:09.21. About 11 seconds off the pace she ran in Arkansas but still a very solid time for Rebekah and looks like she is ready to go for the AAC Championships in two weeks.


      • #48
        Shockers Complete Second Day at Rock Chalk Classic


        • #49

          Taran Taylor started his javelin career at Wichita State with all-conference honors and a national title in 2018. He went from throwing 186 feet in high school at Arkansas City to 243 feet as a freshman.

          Then Taylor's career went dark. Elbow surgery and the COVID-19 pandemic kept him from competing for two seasons – or 986 days, he calculates.

          Taylor returned to the javelin this spring and is again throwing at a high level. He ranks No. 17 nationally with a throw of 234 feet, 2 inches, the best this spring by American Athletic Conference thrower. While the layoff of 2019 and 2020 frustrated him, it also gave him time to work on his form. He concentrated on calming his upper body while throwing, moving his right hand away from his right hip to produce more leverage.

          This spring, he's thrown between 225 feet and 234 feet in each of his four meets. He competes again Friday night in the Shocker Open at Cessna Stadium. The conference championships (May 14-16) and NCAA West Regionals (May 27-29) follow. His sights are set on around 246 feet (75 meters) to qualify for the NCAA Championships (June 9-12).

          "That was my No. 1 goal – to be consistent," he said. "My consistency is climbing every meet. Now, I'm throwing 70 (meters) pretty consistently."


          • #50
            Shocker Open Caps Off Regular Season


            The final regular season meet most likely intended primarily as a tune up for next weekends AAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Tampa.

            Also an opportunity to say thank you and best wishes to the Shocker seniors.

            While we say goodbye and good luck to the Shocker seniors a couple of interesting freshman field athletes to keep an eye on for the Shocks not only this year but in the future.

            Brady Palen, a freshman from Beloit, Kansas, has high jumped 6-11 this season putting him at the top of the AAC Outdoor Peformance charts.

            Destiny Masters, a freshman from El Dorado, Kansas, set a new PR on Friday at the Shocker Open clearing 5-9.25 putting her at #2 in this year's AAC Outdoor Performance charts.
            Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 day ago.


            • #51
              What to keep an eye on for the Shocker men at the AAC Championships:

              Top 8 finishers score: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1

              As usual Houston will dominate the 100m and 200m sprints. The Shocks' chances of scoring in either of these events are pretty slim. Any scoring they do get would be a bonus. The points Houston generates in these events will be hard to overcome.

              Houston and South Florida dominate the performance chart in the 400m races. The Shocks do not look to be a threat to score in this event.

              The Shocks could be pretty strong in the 800m run. Jed Helker, Zack Penrod, Adam Moore and Josh Cable have times in the top 7 this year.

              In the 1500m run Helker, Penrod and Moore have 3 of the 5 best times this season but Cincy has a very strong group of runners as well.

              Jed Helker has the Shocks best time in the 5,000m run (9th in the AAC) but I don't expect him to run this this race. The Shocks best chance to score will be Clayton Duchatschek although he would probably have to run a PR to squeeze into the scoring.

              The Shocks don't look to be in the running for points in the 10,000m run.

              In the 110m hurdles the Shockers' sophomore duo of Antoinio Norman (2nd best time in the AAC this year) and Joseph Holthusen (7th best time in the AAC this year) have scoring potential.

              In the 400m hurdles Norman and fellow Sophomore Yuben Goncalves (out of Portugal via Cloud County CC) have 2 of the top 5 times in the AAC this season.

              In the 3,000m steeplechase Ethan Kossover and Clayton Duchatschek have 2 of the top 5 times. Sophomore teammated Britte Magnuson has the 10th best time this season.

              In the 4x100 relay the Shocks have the 3rd fastest time in the AAC this season behind Houston and South Florida. I believe Houston's time is the fastest in the nation this year.

              In the 4x400 the Shocks, despite having no outstanding 400m runners, have the 4th best time so far this season in the AAC.

              In the high jump the Shocks currently have the top 3 jumps in the AAC this season lead by Freshman Brady Palen at 6-11. Davis Dubbert has jumped 6-9.75 and Weston Lewis is close behind with a season best 6-8.75.

              In the pole vault the Shocks will not be a factor.

              In the long jump the Shocks best chance for points come form sophomore Dowdy Elazarig whose 24-4.5 season best jump is #2 on the AAC charts.

              Dowdy Elazarig is also the Shockers best chance for points in the triple jump with Yuben Goncalves also with a chance to edge into the top 8.

              Cory Martens should be in the hunt for 4th to 6th place points in the shot put. Cory also should score a few points in the discus.

              In the hammer throw the Shocks' Michael Bryan has the best throw of the season in the AAC. He is followed closely by a South Florida athlete. Cory Martens has a good chance of picking up 3 or 4 points in this event as well.

              In the javelin, the Shockers have 5 of the top 7 throws in the AAC this season lead by Taran Taylor who has thrown 234-2 this season which is 20 feet further than the 2nd best thrower from Memphis. Davis Dubbert has the 3rd best throw, Chandler Stiawalt the 4th best throw, Cauy Lindsey the 6th best throw and Jeff Ast the 7th best throw.

              The Shocks don't appear to be as strong or as deep in the Decathlon as they usually are. In fact, only three AAC athletes have recorded decathlon marks this season . Of those Nathan Vann has the 2nd best total at 6,989 points which is about 700 points shy of the the best mark by Damien Berthenet of Cincinnati. Hard to believe there won't be more than 3 competitors in the Decathlon. At this point start lists are not yet available.

              Not sure anyone can overcome Houston's huge advantage in the sprints but if the Shocks can perform well they should have a decent outcome.

              Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 day ago.


              • #52
                So what does all the above point to as far as a possible finish for the Shocks.

                Based on the current AAC performance charts I have the Shocks scoring 166 points. What I don't know is whether are not all the athletes projected to score will be healthy and available for the Championship meet and whether or not there are any limits to how many ahtletes you can put in each event. The top 5 scores from the 2019 AAC Outdoor Championships at Cessna Stadium were:

                Houston - 178.75
                Wichita State - 166.75
                Cincinnati - 111
                UConn - 107
                Tulsa - 79

                I have Houston charting out at a whopping 222 points. They chart at 36 points in the 100m, 31 points in the 200m, 17 points in the 400m and 26 points in the pole vault. That is 110 points in 4 events in which the Shocks are not expected to score. That is a huge disadvantage to overcome. Just those 4 events alone will put Houston in the top 4 at least.

                The Shocks only hope is that some of their AAC compartiots and perhap a couple of their guys can somehow find some big performances in these events and have Houston have some underperformances that would pull some of those points away from Houston.