KENOSHA, Wisconsin - Junior Jerica Kotarak won a pair of events and senior Jessica Bilskie added a win of her own to lead the MSOE women's track & field team in action at the Wisconsin Private College Invitational to open the 2018 indoor season Saturday at Carthage College.
The Raiders finished with 93 team points to take third among seven teams in the competition, finishing just 3.5 points back of Concordia Wisconsin in second place.
Kotarak picked up where she left off last season, dominating in the horizontal jumps for MSOE. She topped the field in the long jump by nine inches with a leap of 17-9 and won the triple jump by 9.5 inches at 36-4 3/4. She was joined by several scoring teammates in the events, as senior Lea Buchholz was third in the triple jump at 34-2 3/4 and sophomore Nikky Weise was sixth at 32-1 1/2. In the long jump, junior Maia Heineck leaped 14-0 1/2 for eighth place.
Kotarak also competed in the 55m, taking fifth in 7.91.
Bilskie also had a busy day, winning the 55m hurdles and also scoring in two more events. Her time of 9.32 in the hurdles edged second place by 0.09 inches. senior Desy Echevarria was sixth in the event in 10.06 and Heineck took seventh at 17.26. Bilskie also ran third in the 200, with a time of 28.23, and cleared 8-6 1/4 for fifth in the pole vault.
Buchholz put together a strong American college debut. In addition to her scoring effort in the triple jump, the exchange student from Germany was also runner-up in the high jump, leading a pack of four Raiders in scoring position. She cleared a height of 4-11, while senior Rachel Lynde was third with a height of 4-9. Freshman Katie Haim and junior Bianca Trombley each posted heights of 4-7, with Haim tying for fourth based on attempts and Trombley tying for sixth.
Junior Patty Bray posted a third-place finish in the 800m to pace four more scoring performances at the meet. She ran a time of 2:46.74 in her event, just ahead of freshman Jenny Leonard in fifth place with a time of 2:48.94. Then, in the mile run, sophomore Morgan Balog took seventh in 6:12.72. Rounding out the scorers was sophomore Rachael Kundrot in the shot put, where she placed eighth with a throw of 34-8 1/2.
Coming off a strong first meet of the season, the Raiders will look to build on the momentum when they return to action next Friday at UW-Parkside's Ranger Relays.