PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Swedes track and field athletes finished up competition at the KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships yesterday at the Harvey Dean Track on the campus of Pittsburg State University. The Bethany teams finished the competition with a seventh place finish each.
Bethany was led by two individuals who picked up three first-place finishes. Freshman, Bryce Carmackpicked up a big first place finish with a jump of 4.30 meters. Junior, Whitney Harvey was huge for the Swedes with two individual championships. Harvey won the shot put toss of 12.88. Harvey then took the conference title in the weight throw with a conference record toss of 17.33m. This was a good enough throw to earn her an automatic qualification to nationals.
"It was a great KCAC indoor track and field championships premier for Whitney Harvey," Bethany throws coach, Eric Hoke said. "We knew Whitney had this type of potential in her, we have been working hard to get her ready for her debut, and she did not disappoint."
Senior, Noah Smucker broke a school record with his time of 50.14 in the 400m dash, earning him a fourth place finish.
The team also had three top-three finishes, earning first team all-conference honors. Senior, Danielle Johnson finished third in the weight-throw with her mark of 15.05m. Freshman, Zane Bradshaw finished up just behind teammate, Carmack taking home a second place finish with a jump of 3.40m. Finally, the men's 4X400m relay team of Smucker, freshmen, Israel Keith and Angelo Fontaine, and junior, Joel Quinones earned a third place finish with their time of 3:23.90.
In addition to this, the Swedes had 11 all-conference honorable mention finishes, as they ended up in the top-eight in their field. Freshman, Chelbie Chaney and junior, Milton Hall earned seventh in the weight throw, freshmen Kylie McCoy and Hannah Price finished eighth in the high jump and the mile run, respectively. Sophomore, Katelynn Adam earned a seventh place finish and Quinones took a fourth place finish in the 600m run. Freshman, Keaton McKay finished in seventh place in the 800m run. Finally, two relays, the men's DMR with junior, Samuel Frost, Smucker, and Israel and the 4X800m relay consisting of Quinones, junior, Jamall Theodile, McKay, and Israel, finished seventh and sixth, respectively.
"I am absolutely impressed with this women's and men's indoor team! We had an amazing weekend," Swedes head coach, Aaron Yoder said. "We moved up five team spots by placing seventh on the women's and men's side. We were voted the team champions of character on both sides which speaks volumes on the young adults.”
The Swedes will compete in a last-chance to qualify meet on Feb. 16 at the University of Central Missouri.