PLATTEVILLE, Wisconsin – Senior Jessica Bilskie and junior Jerica Kotarak each posted a pair of top-10 showings to lead the MSOE women's track & field team in action at the UW-Platteville Invitational Saturday.
Bilskie posted the team's top individual finish of the day, running sixth in the finals of the 60m hurdles event with a time of 9.51. She was also eighth in the pole vault, clearing 9-4 1/4. Freshman Kim Mai tied for 17th in the event, posting a final height of 7-4 1/2.
Bilskie adding an 18th-place finish in the semifinals of the 60m in 8.44 in the same event where Kotarak just missed out on the finals with a ninth-place showing. She was just 0.04 seconds out of the final qualifying spot with a time of 8.29. Kotarak was also 10th in the long jump and 11th in the 200m with a time of 27.65.
In the long jump, she posted a distance of 16-7. Senior Lea Buchholz was actually the team's top finisher in the event, placing seventh at 16-9 3/4.
Buchholz was a part of a contingent of four Raiders in the top 15 of the high jump. Buchholz, senior Rachel Lynde, and freshman Katie Haim each cleared a height of 4-9. Based on attempts, Lynde placed ninth, Buchholz 11th, and Haim 12th. Junior Maia Heineck tied for 15th in the event, just two inches off her teammates' pace at 4-7.
Junior Patty Bray posted an eighth-place finish of her own and ran with the fifth-place distance medley relay for a strong day, herself. She ran a time of 2:29.11 in the 800m and teamed with junior Kayla Thilges, sophomore Morgan Balog, and freshman Lexi Maruga for a time of 14:23.59 in the DMR.
MSOE had two more top-20 finishers on the day in juniors Bianca Trombley and Brianne Harris. Trombley competed in the triple jump and leaped 31-1 1/4 for 19th place. Harris took 20th in the weight throw with a toss of 44-8.
The Raiders return to action next Saturday at the UWM Panther Tune-Up.