Alverson and Rooke shine at AMC Track and Field Championship

Alverson and Rooke shine at AMC Track and Field Championship

Tue, May 2, 2017 - [Men's Outdoor Track & Field]

Courtesy of American Midwest Conference

GREENVILLE, Ill. – Under cloudy and windy conditions for most of the day, the American Midwest Conference contested its 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. When the day was over, the William Woods University Owls had claimed their fourth straight women's title, and the Columbia College Cougars completed the 2017 sweep of the Indoor and Outdoor Championships on the men's side.

Despite not coming out on top, Freed-Hardeman in just its first season as a program, made great strides in the men's 200 meter and 5,000 meter events. John Rooke led the way for the Lions in the 200 meter with a second place finish, earning him All-Conference honors for the event. Rooke completed the sprint in 22.26 second, just behind Alex Fritz of Columbia College, who finished in first with a time of 21.91 seconds.

Tyler Alverson also found success at the event in the 5,000 meter, as he finished second out of 14 runners with a time of 15:21, just three seconds behind Columbia's Tyler Lawson, who finished in 15:18. Along with Rooke, Alverson also earned All-Conference honors as a result of his finish.

The Owls (203 pts) sealed their victory in the final field event of the day, taking the top two places to pull away from the second place Park University Pirates (172 pts). Columbia (149 pts) and Missouri Baptist College (145 pts) also finished in triple digits for the women's meet, and Hannibal-LaGrange University (50 pts) rounded out the top five.

Columbia (234 pts) cruised to the win on the men's side of the ledger, with William Woods (144 pts) and Park (108 pts) taking second and third, respectively. Lindenwood University-Belleville (99 pts) and Missouri Baptist (92 pts) completed the top five men's teams.

William Woods took the win on the strength of 17 All-Conference performances that included five individual Conference titles. Columbia captured the most individual titles, winning eight events and posting 13 All-Conference performances. Park and Missouri Baptist each won four events, with Missouri Baptist boasting 14 All-AMC performers and Park claiming 13 All-Conference honors. Hannibal-LaGrange had four All-Conference honorees – including the final Individual Champion of the event. Lindenwood-Belleville claimed three All-Conference honors, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy had a pair of All-AMC Performances.

Megan Van Harn of William Woods earned both the Track Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, and the Owls also had the women's coach of the year in Jim Marshall. Park's Morgan Lindgren earned Newcomer of the Year Honors, and Abby Stricker of Columbia captured the Field Athlete of the Year award.

In Men's Action, Columbia led the way with an impressive 21 All-AMC performances. The Cougars won six events individually, including both the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs where Columbia Athletes swept the podium positions. Lindenwood-Belleville won four events as a part of nine All-AMC honors, Williams Woods also had nine All-Conference performances including three victories, Park won three events and claimed eight All-AMC awards, Missouri Baptist claimed seven All-Conference spots including three event wins, and Hannibal-LaGrange also won an event as a part of seven All-AMC awards. Freed-Hardeman University also claimed two All-Conference spots.

Columbia had four athletes honored with AMC Superlative Awards. Tyler Lawson was earned the nod as the Track Athlete of the Year, while Alex Fritz and Malik Holman tied for the Freshman of the Year Award, and Mason McCaleb earned co-Field Athlete of the Year honors. The Cougars also had the AMC men's outdoor Track and Field Coach of the year, as Tracy Jex completed the Indoor-Outdoor sweep of those honors. McCaleb split the Co-Field Athlete of the Year Honor with Tremaine Bobo of Missouri Baptist, and Fabian Munoz of Lindenwood-Belleville earned the AMC's Newcomer of the Year honor.

For all the official results, and a full list of All-AMC performers, please visit the official AMC Championship web page on the AMC website here.