The McPherson College track and field team got off to a fast start on Thursday, as six Bulldogs saw action on the opening day of the 2011 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The event is being hosted on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.  

David Parry opened the day with a third-place finish in his 800-meter heat to advance to the semifinals of the event. Parry posted his second-fastest time of the year with a 1:53.63, which ranks 11th among the athletes that advanced.

Following Parry on the track was Daniel Sorenson, who competed in the 3,000 steeplechase. Sorenson won his heat and posted the top time in the event with a McPherson College school record, 9:05.73. The time bettered the mark he previous set at the Kansas Relays in April (9:09.01).

Geovanni Popoca and Javier Ceja closed the day in the 10,000. Ceja finished 10th in the event with a time of 30:31.62, while Popoca took 50th with a time of 32:47.83.

In the field, throwers Paul Rotering and Nolan Dreiling took 19th and 21st overall in the javelin. Rotering recorded a toss of 169-2, while Dreiling threw 160-9.

Action continues today and concludes Saturday.