MARYVILLE MO.—Over the weekend, the McPherson College track and field teams competed in the KCAC Indoor Championships in Maryville, Missouri, on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.
The Bulldog men and women combined for 44 top ten finishes (11 podium finishes), over 30 personal best performances, five new school records, four NAIA national qualifying times and two meet records. All of that added up for a fifth place finish for the women's team, while the men wrapped up the meet in third place.
Finishing on the podium for the Bulldog women were Amy Braimbridge, Tatelyn Lasley and Camille Baugh. Braimbridge landed on the podium in all three of her individual events. In the 60m dash, she was the runner-up, running a B standard qualifying time of 7.80, just one-hundredth off of the school record. She came back and blew away the competition, finishing first in both the 200m and 400m events. In both races, she also qualified A standard, set a new meet record, and set a new Bulldog record along the way. In the 200 she ran a 24.80, and in the 400 she ran 55.72.
Also on the podium for the women were Lasley and Baugh. Lasley ran a 1:42.15 in the 600 and finished runner-up, while Baugh was the third place finisher in the high jump with a height of 1.57m. Javionne Latimore finished just off the podium in fourth place, in the 60, with a time of 7.94, but in the prelims she ran a 7.85 which is the B standard qualifying time. The 4x400 (Lasley, Blaylock-Norris, Rivera, and Braimbridge) team also finished in fourth, but set a new school record with a time of 3:59.42, and was a B standard qualifier.
On the men's side, Omar Sabur, Jesse Freeman, Amari Heisser, Jacquai Gray, Dylan Templeman and the men's 4x400 relay team, found their way to the podium in their events. In the field events, Templeman got things started with a second place finish in the weight throw with a new school record of 16.06m. Up next was Gray, who finished thid in the high jump clearing a height of 1.94m.
On the track, Omar Sabur, ran 50:18 in the 400, which was good enough for a bronze medal. Freeman grabbed a silver in the 3000m with a time of 8:54.67, while Heisser was awarded the gold in the 60m hurdles, qualifying B standard, and setting a new school record of 8.37. The men's 4x400m relay team of Heisser, Cullen Grabast, Xavier Taylor and Sabur set a new school record of 3:21.79, and finished in 3rd place.
Bulldog head coach, Robert Spies, commented on his teams' performances saying, "I am very proud of the efforts put up this past weekend, and it was really great to see so many personal best and season best performances. There were also school records broken and additional national qualifiers to end the regular season."
For seven Bulldogs, their season will continue at the NAIA National Indoor meet in Brookings, South Dakota at the end of this month. For the women, they will send the 4x400 team of Lasley, Blaylock-Norris, Rivera, and Braimbridge, Latimore in the 60 and Braimbridge in the 60, 200, and 400. The men will be represented by Heisser in the 60m hurdles and Templeman in the shotput.