NORTH NEWTON—The McPherson College Track and Field teams had another strong showing this weekend at the Thresher Invitational hosted by Bethel College. The Bulldogs set 16 new personal best times and marks, 25 podium finishes, two NAIA national qualifying times and two new school records.
For the men, the following Bulldogs set a new personal record:
Derek Naegele – Javelin – 55.86m
Tanner Trigg – Hammer Throw – 49.9m; Shotput – 13.57m
Omar Sabur– 400m Hurdles – 57.80
Cullen Grabast – 800m – 2:03.71
Billy Muhizi – 100m 12.25
Cole Miller – 1500m – 5:05.13
Thane Barta – 1500m – 4:54.63
On the women's side, the Bulldogs had six runners and throwers with a new personal best including:
Amy Braimbridge – 100m – 11.92 – 200m 24.34
Destiny Johnson – 200m – 26.17 – 400m – 1:04.66
Moneshya Green – Hammer Throw – 30.67
Alyssa Wilson – 800m – 3:05.9
Tatelyn Lasley – 800m – 2:30.8
Ilanna Moyer – Shotput – 9.34m
The Bulldog men had 11 individuals record 17 top three finishes. Amari Heisser had two of them, finishing second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.23, then picking up a first place finish in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15:05. Sabur was right behind Heisser in the 400m hurdles, running 57.8 and landing on the podium in third.
In the men's 100m dash, the Bulldogs went one, two with Hunter Sury claiming the top spot with a time of 10.8 and Xavier Taylor, right behind him in second place with a time of 10.91. Taylor had another podium finish in the 200, running 22.18 and finishing as the runner-up. Grabast and Casey Zimmerman were both on the podium in the 800, with Grabast grabbing second place with a time of 2:03.71 and Zimmerman running 2:04.9.
Cole Hinton picked up a third place finish in the 1500m with a time of 4:28.31, and the men's 4x400m relay team wrapped up the running events with a time of 3:28.77, good enough for the top spot.
In the field events, Trigg had a day. He finished on the podium in all three of his events, winning the hammer throw and breaking his own school record with a throw of 49.9m. In the shot, he was on the podium again, finishing in second place with a new personal best of 13.57m. He then wrapped up his day with a third place finish in the discus with a throw of 41.62m, right behind teammate Dylan Templeman, who threw 46.89m. Templeman was also on the podium in the hammer, finishing second behind Trigg with a throw of 48.81.
In the javelin, Naegele's personal best throw of 55.86 landed him in the runner-up spot, and Jack Stalcup warpped up the field events with a third place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 3.65m.
For the Bulldog women, seven different individual finished on the podium in seven events. Braimbridge continued her dominance in the sprints finishing in first in both events she participated in. She didn't run her signature event, the 400, but instead focused on the 100 and 200. She qualified A standard in both events, setting a new school record in the 100 with a time of 11.92, and tying the school record in the 200 with a time of 24.34.
The women also picked up top performances from Lasley and Johnson in the 400, and the 800 and Aryana Archuleta in the 5000. Samantha Nelson and Rachel Foreman finished second and third in the 1500m with times of 5:44.22 and 6:00.82 respectively. The lone podium finisher among the field athletes for the Bulldog women was a third place finish from Grayson Henry in the pole vault with a mark of 2.45m.
The Bulldogs will be back in action this weekend on Saturday at the Tabor College Invitational in Hillsboro. Field events begin at 11 a.m. and running events start at 1:30 pm.