CMU In Control After First Day of HAAC Indoor T&F Championships
LAMONI, IA -- After the first day of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Central Methodist is in first place on both the men's and women's side. The men's team is in position to defend last year's crown.
Through seven women's events, Central Methodist has 81 points. Baker is second with 73 points. Benedictine, Missouri Valley, Evangel, Graceland and Culver-Stockton round out the top seven.
Rebeca Barajas, Melissa Morrow, and Kaitlyn Loeffler recorded first-place finishes in the triple jump, weight throw, and 3,000-meter race, respectively.
Shelby Garrigus was second in the triple jump. BrianaGreer took second in the weight throw, and Kelly Klusmeyer finished eighth in the event. Stephanie Atkinson took second place in the Pole Vault with Melea Shimkus right behind in third.
Tabatha Leaton took third in the 5,000 Meter Run, and Elise Schrieber was seventh in the event. Ali Soto placed third in the 3,000 Meter Racewalk.
The Eagles' 4 x 800 team of of Katie Olvera, Adrianna Romero, Deanna Quisenberry and Hailey Breusch finished fourth.
Barajas and Amelia Truex have advanced to the finals of the 55-meter hurdles. Barajas' time of 8.68 seconds set a new school record and is a "B" qualifier for nationals.
On the men's side, Josh Perry took second in the triple jump. Dilan Simmons and Kris Kuoppamaki placed third in the weight throw and triple jump, respectively. Jordan Kukal finished fourth in the weight throw. Colby Lapresi took fourth in the 5,000 Meter Run and Ryan Farrell was second in the 3,000 Meter Racewalk.
Central Methodist's 4 x 800 team of of Lucas Manring, Bryan Groeper, Dustin Menk and Reuben Bett finished second in the event.
After five events, Central Methodist leads with 50.5 points. Baker is second with 49.5 points. Evangel, Graceland, Missouri Valley, Benedictine and Culver-Stockton round out the top seven.
The meet will conclude on Saturday.