Posted: Mar 16, 2013 7:37 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2013 7:44 PM
FAYETTE -- Central Methodist women's 5,000 meter race walker Kaitlyn Loeffler and men's discus thrower Jordan Kukal posted National "A" standards in their respective events Saturday at the CMU Open.
The meet, hosted by Central Methodist, was the first of the 2013 outdoor season for the Eagles.
Loeffler, a national qualifier during the indoor season, broke her own outdoor school record time by nearly two minutes, finishing Saturday in first place in a time of 27:37.90.
Kukal won the men's discus with a toss of 48.27 meters. He also placed second in the hammer with a mark of 48.47 meters.
On the women's side, the Eagles' Lexie Wilt posted a National "B" standard and new outdoor school record in the shot put with a toss of 13.34 meters, claiming first place in the meet. Stephanie Atkinson set a new outdoor school record in the pole vault after clearing 3.20 meters to claim second overall.
The Eagles claimed the top four spots in the women's 1,500 meters. Taylor Beaverson took first place with a time of 5:08.26. She was followed by Adriana Romero and Amber Beaverson, who posted times of 5:08.99 and 5:09.15, respectively. Emily Nealley rounded out the grouping after crossing the finish line in 5:12.98.
Kate Fulton and Jonisha McCoy finished first and second, respectively, for the Eagles in the women's high jump. Fulton cleared 1.55 meters on her second attempt, while McCoy cleared the same height on her third try.
In men's action, Central Methodist's Derek Freeman posted the best time in the 100 meters in 11.22 seconds. Bryan Groeper and Corey Schoene placed first and second, respectively, in the 800 meters in times of 2:01.21 and 2:01.67. Cris Renteria took the top spot in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:08.40.
The Eagles' 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams took first place.
Kyle Jones won the long jump for the Green and Black with a mark of 6.45 meters.
Central Methodist participates in the Baker Relays on Saturday, March 23. The meet starts at 10 a.m. CT in Baldwin City, Kan.