ARKANSAS CITY – The McPherson College track and field teams opened their 2019 outdoor season this past weekend at the Tiger Invitational hosted by Cowley College. The Bulldogs' first two meets of the spring were cancelled because of weather, and it was touch-and-go as to whether or not Cowley was going to be able host their invitational this week because of poor weather on Saturday. In the end, they decided to move the meet to Sunday, and the Bulldogs were finally able to compete, instead of train.
There were just a few teams able to adjust their schedules to compete at the invitational, but the competition level was still high. The Bulldogs had a strong showing setting 19 new personal best times and distances, and finishing atop the podium in 11 men's events and two on the women's side. There was also one school record, and two national qualifying times.
The following Bulldogs set a new personal best:
Tanner Trigg – Hammer Throw – 49.10m & Shotput 13.26m
Dylan Templeman – Hammer Throw 48.66m
Logan Brown– Hammer Throw 37.48m & Shotput 12.58m
Jake Curtis – Javelin 48.42m
Matthew Melchor – Triple Jump 11.95m & Long Jump 6.26m
Hector Bosquez 6.70m
Illana Moyer– Hammer Throw 37.47m
Moneysha Green – Hammer Throw 27.43m & Shotput 11.26m
Jadin Fleming– 5000m 16:27.65
Jerod Fuller– 3000m Steeplechase 9:48.96
Jesse Freeman 3000m Steeplechase 9:53.75
Cole Hinton – 1500m 4:31.10
Omar Sabur – 400m Hurdles 57.88
Genevie Rivera 400m 58.37
Tatelyn Lasley 400m 1:01.02
Those who won events this weekend on the men's side included:
Hunter Sury 100m 10.76
Fleming in the 5000m
Amari Heisser 110m Hurdles 15.57
Fuller in the 3000m Steeplechase
Bosquez in the Long Jump
Melchor in the Triple Jump
Templeman in the Discus
Trigg in the Hammer Throw
Derek Naegle Javelin 48.66
On the women's side it was
Jaivion Lattimore 100m 12.54
Amy Braimbridge 400m 56.12
The school record in the hammer throw was broken twice on Sunday. The old record of 47.47m set back in 2014 was broke first Dylan Templeman at 48.66m and then broken again by Tanner Trigg on his final throw at 49.10m.
The Bulldog women qualified for the NAIA outdoor national meet, in Gulf Shores, Ala., in two events. Amy Braimbridge's time of 56.12 in the 400m met both the A and the B standard marks, and the 4x100m team of Lattimore, Braimbridge, Diamond Blaylock-Norris and Destiny Johnson rand a 48.24, qualifying B standard.
"It was great to finally out on the track and compete," Bulldog Head Coach, Robert Spies said. "We have had some good training sessions the past couple of weeks, and it showed in the number of personal bests we achieved. Overall it was a solid start for both programs and we will continue to build on it in the coming weeks."
The Bulldogs will be back in action this weekend, competing in the Friends University Classic down in Wichita. It is a two-day meet with the distance events and the javelin taking place on Friday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. The rest of the events will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday.