CRETE, NEB.—The McPherson College men's and women's track and field teams had another strong showing this weekend at the Fred Beile Invitational hosted by Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.
In total, there were 16 new personal bests posted, 10 top ten finishes, three national qualifying marks, and two new school records. It was a banner day for the Bulldog women as they were responsible for 11 of the 16 new personal best times and distances, four of the top 10 finishes, one of the new school records, and one of the national qualifying performances.
For the women, Destiny Johnson set a new personal best of 8.12 seconds in the preliminaries of the women's 60m dash, then set it again in the finals at 8.09. Javion Latimore did the same thing. She ran an eight flat in the prelims, which was a new PR, then in the finals ran a 7.97 again, lowering her personal best. Not to be left out were Da'Jionne Brown, who also lowered her best time in the 60m to 8.28 and Emma Stevens, whose 8.49 was also a PR.
In the women's 200m dash, Shyanne Henkis ran a 28.71 and Stevens ran a 28.68. Both of which were new personal marks. Henkis then turned around in the women's 400m, and ran a new best 1:05.61. Also running a PR in the 400m was Tatelyn Lasley, in a time of 1:01.74. In the field events, Moneshya Green threw the shotput 11.40m, which was also a new best.
For the men, Dylan Templeman and Jacob-Tanner Trigg both threw new PRs in the throws. Templeman threw 15.51 in the shot put, and Trigg threw 14.27 in the weight throw. The Bulldog men also had two new PRs in the long jump. Jacquai Gray set a new mark of 6.30, while Matthew Melchor went 6.18m to extend his personal best. The only male runner to lower his PR was Billy Muhzi, who ran 7.96 in the men's 60m dash.
The top five finishers for the women included Latimore, fifth in the 60m dash, Amy Braimbridge, second in the 200m, Lasley, fifth in the 400m, and the women's 4x400m relay, who finished in third place, with a 4:04.15 and in the process, set a new school record.
For the men, their top five finishers included Xavier Taylor, who was third in the 60m dash with a time of 6.99 seconds, Cullen Grabast, who was fifth in the 600m, with a time of 1:25.8, Casey Zimmerman, who finished in fourth in the 800m, with a time of 2:02.16, Amari Heisser, who set a new school record in the 60m hurdles and finished fourth, with a time of 8:41, the 4x400m relay team, who ran a 3:28.03 to finish in fourth, and Templeman, who threw 15.51 in the shotput, putting him in third place.
The three NAIA national qualifiers were Braimbridge, who qualified with an "A" standard in the women's 200m, Heisser in the 60m hurdles with a "B" standard, and Templeman in the shotput, also with a "B" standard.
Coach Spies was pleased with both teams' performances saying, "Based on the work we have been putting in, even with the limited time on the track this past week, I knew we had the potential to go out and have a good performance this week. We continue to move in the right direction, and we should be peaking at the right time."
The Bulldogs have one more regular season meet, before the KCAC championships in two weeks. They will go back out on the road next Friday to Concordia, Nebraska, for the Concordia University Indoor Invitational.