MVC Track & Field Teams Split Locations for Meets
MARSHALL, MO -- The Missouri Valley College track and field teams took part in two separate meets Friday, in Lawrence, Kansas at the Jayhawk Classic, and at the Principia College Relays in Elsah, Illinois.
Those competing at the Jayhawk Classic qualified to participate in the meet through performance standards, and the Vikings had a number of athletes take part in the event. On the women's side Junior Amanda Buhr finished in 34th place with a time of 5:51.88. In the 600-yard run Sarah Niemeier came in fifth place with a time of 1:32.45 and Sophomore Tia Rider came in 13th place with a time of 1:38.35. In the distance medley event the team of Neimeier, Rider, Buhr and Samantha Gilkey finished in 15th in a time of 13:48.95.
The men's team had a number of competitors including Senior Kyland Sims who finished in 32nd place in the one-mile run with a time of 4:43.85. In the 600-yard run Sophomore Xavier Ramon finished in 20th place with a time of 1:18.43. Junior Kenneth Kipng'etich finished in 20th place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.33. In the 800-meter run Freshman Ignacio Franco came in 8th place with a time of 2:00.26. Two Vikings competed in the long jump, with Junior Tyler Davis taking 29th with a jump of 6.35 meters and Sophomore Dewayne Williams came in 30th place with a leap of 6.32 meters. Also in the 200-meter dash Williams finished in 20th place in with at time of 23.26 seconds. In the high jump Sophomore Andrew Longboy came in ninth place with a jump of 1.95 meters. In the distance medley relay the Viking team of Ramon, Franco, Sims, and Kipng'etich came in 15h with a time of 11:02.65.
A number of Vikings competed Friday evening at the Principia College Relays. In women's events Freshman Daneka Brown took fifth place in the high jump with a jump of 1.37 meters. Five Lady Vikings took part in the long jump with Freshman Brittney Brisco taking second place with a jump of 4.70 meters, missing first place by just three-tenths of a meter. Coming in fifth place was Sophomore Carnekia Burnett with a jump of 4.23 meters, in seventh was Sophomore Daniela Torres with a jump of 4.13 meters, Brown took eighth with a leap of 4.09 meters, and Senior Trina Williams came in 11th place with a jump of 3.91 meters. Junior Abbey Humphrey took seventh place in the shot put with a throw of 8.66 meters, and Brown took seventh in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 12.23 seconds. In the 60-meter dash Brisco took fifth place with a time of 8.34, while Burnett came in eighth with a time of 8.63. Also in the event Freshman Jasmine Harris came in 11th place with a time of 8.69 seconds and Junior Brianna Daniels took 13th with a time of 8.90 seconds. In the 1600-meter medley the Lady Viking team of Burrnett, Brisco, Senior Sydney Holloway, and Freshman Bailey Gambrell took fourth in a time of 4:59.47. In the four-by-200 relay the Lady Vikings took second place, missing first by 10-seconds. The team consisted of Brisco, Burnett, Holloway, and Daniels.
On the men's side Junior Aursland Seymour took second in the long jump with a leap of 6.25 meters, missing the championship by just three-hundredths of a meter. Sophomore Michael Barnes came in third with a leap of 6.22 meters. In the shot put Freshman Tyrail Gardner came in seventh place with a throw of 11.42 meters, Senior Jon Leonard came in eighth place with a throw of 11.18 meters, and Freshman Cory Baker came in ninth place with a throw of 11.05 meters. In the pole vault Sophomore Damien Watkins came in fourth place with a vault of three meters. In the 60-meter dash Barnes finished in tenth place with a time of 7.63 seconds Freshman Aurek Anderson finished in 12th place with a time of 7.77 seconds. In the one mile race Sophomore Will Lee took third place with a time of 4:52.94, 13-seconds behind the leader. Also, Sophomore Nick Jenkins took 13th with a time of 5:05.56, Freshman Austin Pinkston took 19th with a time of 5:11.06, and Junior Drew Mohler came in 21st with a time of 5:17.49. The 1600-meter medley team of Freshman Dnirion Neyland, Freshman Jacoby Bellard, Sophomore Bernardo Ferriz, and Freshman Brynton Johnson took third with a time of 4:12.10. The four-by-200 relay, comprised of Johnson, Neyland, Ferriz, and Bellard, finished in second place, less than two seconds behind first, with a time of 1:35.51. The same team also finished second in the four-by-400 relay with a time of 3:44.78, seven seconds behind first place. In the 400-meter medley relay the Vikings finished in sixth place in a time of 11:55.34. The team was made up of Mohler, Lee, Watkins and Freshman Reece Watkins. Pinkston also won the 3000 meter race walk in a time of 20:31.98.
The indoor track and field teams will next be in action Feb. 1-2 at the Illinois College Invitational in Jacksonville, Illinois.