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Dynamic jumping duo flies over Midwest Conference

Freshman Eva Laun-Smith and Lena Ramsey, along with the rest of the Beloit Track and Field team, cut their relaxing winter breaks short to head back to campus and begin training for the 2018 indoor track and field season.

Days were filled with two-a-days consisting of yoga, cross training, pool workouts, intervals, and plenty of jumping drills. Although the drills and two-a-days seemed tedious and repetitive, they helped Laun-Smith and Ramsey start off the season strong. Within the last three weeks, Ramsey and Laun-Smith were named Midwest Performers of the week. 

Laun-Smith couldn’t have started the track season on a better note. In only her first collegiate meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Karl Schlender Invite, she broke two  school records, one held by teammate Aleeshah Heinzen‘19, in both the Triple Jump and 60 Meter Hurdles, placing third in both.

After this performance, Luan-Smith earned her first Midwest Conference (MWC) Performer of the week, which was announced on January 16. Not only was she awarded with performer of the week, but she also shot up to first in the MWC with her 36’ 11 3/4” jump.

The following week, Ramsey shined at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Ranger Relays. Ramsey took first place in the Triple Jump, with a jump of  34′ 10 1/4″, then also helped her 4×200 team score second place in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Ranger Relays.

Although adjusting to classes after winter break is a challenge for everyone, it didn’t stop Laun-Smith and Ramsey.

Laun-Smith picked up yet another MWC performer of the week title after competing in the Warhawk Classic at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She even broke more records, including her own. Laun-Smith finished with a leap of 37’01.75 in the triple jump and broke her 60 Meter Hurdles record twice. She also ran a 9.34 in prelims, and broke her record again in finals with a time of 9.27. 

Ramsey and Luan-Smith also collected a second place finish in the 4×200 with a time of 1:50.92, which is only a second away from the school record.

Although Laun-Smith and Ramsey are competitive teammates, the two work extremely well together. “It’s fun to train with her (Laun-Smith) because we’re good competition for each other because we’re in the same events” said Ramsey.

Although Laun-Smith and Ramsey are excited about their accomplishments, they both are looking forward to what’s ahead. “I want to get further and further in my jumps and get faster and faster times in races” said Ramsey. As for Laun-Smith, her goal “is to do well at conference and hopefully make it to nationals at the end of the outdoor season.”

At this point, nothing is impossible for these two. With the MWC indoor conference approaching, the Bucs have high, far, and fast hopes for Luan- Smith and Ramsey.

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