Benedictine thrower bests previous mark by over five inches.

Benedictine thrower bests previous mark by over five inches.
January 20, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine's Matt Wilkin got the 2007 indoor track and field season off on a high note by setting a school record in the 35-pound weight throw at the Carthage College Private School Meet in Kenosha, Wis., on Saturday. In the team scoring, the Eagles were 9th of 13 teams in the men's division and 13th of 15 teams on the women's side. Wilkin's heave of 50'7 1/2" bested the previous record of 50'2" set by Nathan Palmer in 2004. His effort was also good enough for a second place finish, overall. Teammate Pete Sgarbossa was 9th in the weight throw, while also finishing 14th in the shot put. Sgarbossa's toss of 44'2" was an improvement of over four feet from his personal best (accomplished last season). Freshman Robert Sanford had a nice debut as an Eagle, qualifying for the 55-meter finals with a time of 6.70, before running to a fourth place finish in the finals (6.73) of the highly-competitive event. Sanford also helped the 4x200 relay quartet - an entirely freshman group which also included Tim Thorps, Cody Leamen and Travis Newsome - to a fifth place finish in a time of 1:39.10. In the women's competition, freshman Kate Korzeniewski placed seventh in the 3000 meters in a clocking of 13:17.20. Sophomore Hannah Miller lopped two full seconds off of her time in the 800 meters, finishing at 2:37.16 and garnering eighth place.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.