SALINA—The McPherson College track and field teams took part in the KCAC Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Salina, Kansas, hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University. Both teams competed well with the women finishing in fourth place with 68 team points, and the men scoring 129 points, landing them in the third spot.
It was a banner weekend from an individual standpoint as 17 competitors for both Bulldog teams posted a personal best time or distance. There were five podium finishes for the women's team, and ten for the men, two new KCAC meet records and eight performances within the NAIA's qualifying standards for Outdoor Nationals.
Here are the individuals who posted a new personal best.
Diamond Blaylock-Norris – 100m – 12.38, 200m – 25.45
Destiny Johnson – 100m – 12.44
Genevie Rivera– 200m – 25.39, 400m – 56.74
Jaivion Lattimore– 200m – 27.10
Amy Braimbridge – 400m – 54.78
Tatelyn Lasley – 400m – 58.80
Shyanne Henkis – 400m – 1:07.03
Kaylynn Lyons – 800m – 2:56.84
LeaAnn Myers– 5000m – 21:52.30
4x100m Relay– 47.46
4x400m Relay – 3:52.78
4x800m Relay – 10:59.80
Grayson Henry– Pole Vault – 2.60m
Ilanna Moyer – Discus – 92.10m
Moneysha Green – Hammer Throw – 36.76m
Billy Muhizi – 200m – 26.05
Cullen Grabast– 51.15
Daymion Richard – 800m – 2:09.88
Cole Hinton– 1500m – 4:17.19
Kevin Boeckman – 1500m – 4:24.19
Thane Barta – 1500m – 4:48.59
Amari Heisser – 400m Hurdles – 55.12
Omar Sabur – 400m Hurdles – 55.26
Jacquai Gray – 400m Hurdles – 1:01.66, HJ – 1.87m, LJ – 6.2m, TJ – 12.49m
Jerrod Fuller – 3000m Steeple Chase – 9:46.99
4x100m Relay – 41.57
4x400m Relay– 3:24.06
4x800m Relay – 8:26.65
Dylan Templeman – Shot Put – 14.05m, Discus – 52.04m, Hammer – 49.10m
Brandt Wolters – Javelin – 61.22m
Five women's individuals and teams finished in one of the top three podium spots. Braimbridge did it twice, winning the 200 and the 400, while Rivera was runner-up in the 400. The other two podium finishes came from the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. For the men, they finished in the top three in ten events. Xavier Taylor finished third in the 100m and the 200m, and then was a part of the 4x100m relay team that finished first. Heisser was also on the podium in two events, finishing runner-up in both the 110m and 400m hurdles. The one podium finish in the distance events came from Fuller, who was third in the 3000m Steeple Chase.
The Bulldog men also had a big day in the field events. Templeman won the discus, and then finished thired in the hammer. Tanner Trigg (Jr. Mission, Texas) continued his KCAC dominance in the hammer, just edging out the thrower from St. Mary to finish in the top spot. Wrapping up the throws events, Wolters took the top honors in the Javelin.
The Bulldogs also set two new KCAC meet records on the weekend. Braimbridge broke the 400m record, one that she set just a year prior in the prelims on Thursday, and then again in the finals 24 hours later. On the men's side, Templeman's throw of 52.04m in the Discus was a new record, breaking the old mark of 51.26 set back in 1983.
Bulldog Head Coach, Robert Spies, commented on the meet saying, "I am very proud of the way our men and women competed this weekend. We trained hard leading up to the meet, and everyone left everything they had on the track."
It has been a record setting season for both the men's and women's team. To date, they have qualified 15 individuals for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama at the end of the month. The latest was Jesse Freeman, who after competing in multiple distance events on Saturday went out and ran a half marathon on Sunday. His time of 1:14:45 in the 13.1 mile event was a B standard qualifying time in the 26.2 mile marathon event at the Outdoor National Championships.
Currently, several Bulldogs find themselves in the NAIA's Top 10 in their perspective events. In the field events, Wolters has the fifth best throw in the Javelin and Templeman is third in the discus. On the track, Braimbridge has two top 10 times, coming in seventh in the 200m, and third in the 400m. The women's 4x400m team has the third fastest time in the nation, and the 4x100m team is just outside the top 10 with the eleventh fastest time this season.
Next on the schedule for the Bulldogs is the Last Chance meet at Emporia State University this upcoming weekend. There are a couple of individuals who are close to qualifying for nationals, so the coaching staff may take a scaled down roster to the meet to see if they can get them qualified.