PITTSBURG, Kan. — The McPherson College indoor track and field teams won five events and broke six school records on the final day of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at the Robert W. Plaster Center on the campus of Pittsburg State University.
The McPherson women took fourth as a team with 61 points led by Amy Braimbridge, who factored into four top-two finishes. She won the 400, while taking second in the 60 and 200 and anchoring a runner-up finish in the 4x400. Her victory in the 400 came in a time of 56.90 seconds, setting a new KCAC meet record and bettering her own school record and NAIA automatic qualifying mark of 57.01 she posted in December.
Braimbridge was edged at the line in the 200, but her 25.08 clocking eclipsed the NAIA automatic qualifying standard, set a new PR and broke the McPherson school record of 25.66 set by Rea Samuels at the 2016 NAIA Championships. She ran a 7.90 in the 60 final, just off the NAIA "B" cut time of 7.83 from Friday's preliminaries.
Ane' Archuleta broke her own school record en route to a third-place finish in the 800. Her time of 2:24.34 surpassed the 2:28.52 clocking from last weekend's Pittsburg State Invitational.
Genevie Rivera added a fifth-place finish in the 400 (60.53) and Rachel Foreman took eighth in the 800 (2:43.62). Samantha Nelson placed sixth in the mile with a PR-time of 5:52.61 and also PR'd in the 3000 with a time of 12:09.13, while Taylor Dreiling registered PRs in both the mile (5:57.77) and 3,000 (12:24.81).
Cassandra Valenzuela (13:21.95) and Alyssa Wilson (14:22.43) both PR'd in the 3000, then teamed with Foreman and LeaAnn Myers for a seventh-place finish in the distance medley relay (15:18.39).
Camille Baugh posted a pair of sixth-place finishes, finishing the 60 hurdles in 9.90 and clearing 1.50 meters (4-11) in the high jump.
Elsewhere in the field events, Ilanna Moyer posted a PR in the shot put (8.78m; 28-9.75).
In the final event of the championships, the team of Rivera, Tatelyn Lasley, Archuleta and Braimbridge posted a 4:03.30.
The McPherson men had designs on a successful defense of their 2017 KCAC indoor crown and had three place winners each in the 60, 200 and high jump, but ultimately ended up in third place with 111.5 points.
Hunter Sury led the way with individual crowns in the 60 and 200, taking the 60 in 6.96 seconds and setting a personal best and new school record with a 22.02 clocking in the 200. Xavier Taylor also made the finals of the 60 and 200, taking fifth in the 60 with a 7.15 and sixth in the 200 with a PR time of 22.67.
Matthew Bouwkamp finished eighth in the 60 with a time of 7.17, while Alexander Bengtsson was seventh in the 200 with a 22.81.
Amari Heisser won the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.47, breaking the school record of 8.55 he had set Friday afternoon, and took fifth in the 400 with a PR time of 50.19. He also anchored the McPherson 4x400 team to a sixth-place finish (3:28.53). Bryson Crayton added PRs in the 60 hurdles (8.90), where he finished fourth, and the 400 (51.24).
Robert Shaw claimed the fourth title for the McPherson men, leading a 1-3-5 finish in the high jump. Shaw and Matthew Nutting matched PRs by clearing 1.98 meters (6-6) and 1.88 meters (6-2), respectively, to take first and third, while Miaya Sample cleared 1.78 meters (5-10) to tie for fifth in his first collegiate high jump competition.
Jordan Windholz took third in the triple jump with a leap of 13.43 meters (44-0.75), while Dylan Templeman placed fifth in the shot put with a personal-record heave of 14.55 meters (47-9). Abel Villarreal also had a PR in the shot put (11.41 meters; 37-5.25).
The distance medley relay team of Jonathan Dominguez, Sam Standifer, Casey Zimmerman and Jerod Fuller took fourth with a 10:44.14 clocking, setting a new school record in the process. Zimmerman and Fuller had helped set the previous record at the 2016 KCAC Championships.
With two weeks remaining before selections are finalized for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Bulldogs still have a couple of opportunities to solidify qualifying spots. Their first chance comes Feb. 10 at the Concordia University Invitational in Crete, Nebraska.