FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Record. Noun. Definition: a performance or achievement that is the best of its kind. Used in a sentence: The Western Illinois track and field program set school records at the 2020 Summit League Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare (February 29).
Michaela Busch's performance in pentathlon will go down in the history books as the best of its kind, and so will Tia Dorshort's in the pole vault.
Dorshorst was previously ranked No. 2 on WIU's women's indoor list, before surpassing Nichole Manning (3.87 meters / 12' 8.25") with a record-holding mark of 3.88 meters (12' 8.75").
"It's been great starting the season only jumping 10' 10 and finishing with an all-time PR," she said. "Each week, I have been putting in the work inside the weight room and on the track. I'm happy that my hard work is showing off by being able to claim the top spot. I usually perform better with more pressure so I am glad I am staying consistent throughout the season. I'm very proud of my teammates' performances as we all did phenomenal this indoor season!"
Amelia Peterson also exuded Western magic. She fell short of medaling, but her fourth-place triple jump sits fifth all-time in school history. Peterson recorded a mark of 11.83 meters (38' 9.75"), and the next two spots also belonged to Leathernecks in Allie Scott (11.71 meters /38' 5") and Tyronnay Taylor (11.44 meters / 37' 6.5").
Logan Lommel qualified for the 800-meter run to clock in at 1:56.69, and the points helped Western's men to a sixth-place finish. The Leatherneck women also finished sixth, but out of eight teams, while North Dakota swept both championships.
The Leathernecks will have a few weeks off to prepare for the outdoor season, which begins Saturday, March 21, at SIUE.