The men’s and women’s track and field teams had a busy weekend.
The Gorillas hosted two home meets, the Boo Rogers competition from Friday, Jan. 15 to Saturday, Jan. 16 and the Crimson and Gold Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 16.
“Well, I think considering everything we’ve gone through in the last eight or nine months, I was really proud of them,” Head Coach Russ Jewett said. “We had some really outstanding performances and other who may not have lit the world on fire with their marks, but they competed really hard, competed well as a team, made some mistakes here and there. Those are things that… you kind of expect… so we’ll have something to clean up now. We had some outstanding performances, proud of them.”
Several athletes placed in both competitions.
At the Boo Rogers Combined Events meet, Allary Liberatore, McKenzie Penne, and Mattie Flanagan placed first, second, and third respectively in the 60-meter hurdles. Liberatore placed second in the high jump, fifth in the shot put, and second in the long jump. Flanagan won the long jump and Penne placed fifth. Flanagan and Liberatore placed third and fourth in the 800-meter dash. On the men’s team, Hunter Jones placed fifth in the 60-meter dash, second in the long jump, and second in the shot put. Jones won the high jump and placed third in the 60-meter hurdles. Reed Mason finished fourth in the pole vault and fifth in the 1000-meter run.
At the Crimson and Gold Invitational meet, Jaden Courter won the weight throw and Camryn Williams placed second. Williams placed second in the shot put and Machenzie Robinson placed fifth. Megan Eckman and Erica Schamel placed second and third in the high jump. Haven Lander won the pole vault. Trace Mosby placed fourth in the long jump. Auna Childress won the triple jump. Madelyn Marquez and Mosby placed second and third in the 60-meter hurdles. Christine Williams placed third in the 60-meter dash. Williams won the 200-meter dash and London Futch finished second. Futch won the 400-meter dash. Kate Dawson placed third in the 800-meter run and Hannah Honeyman placed third in the 3000-meter run. The 4×400 meter relay team of Mosby, Futch, Emerson Tice, and Madison Burt placed third.
On the men’s team, Konner Swenson placed second in the weight throw and Chase Dalton placed fourth. Swenson won the shot put and Cameron Wright won the pole vault. Kennedy Nwaneri placed third in the triple jump and Raymond Brass placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Makai Blades and Tevin Wright-Rose placed fourth and fifth in the 60-meter dash. Nizar Alarahshun placed fourth in the 200-meter dash. Mason Strader placed first in the 800-meter run and Graham Hudelson placed third. Bryce Grahn placed third in the 500-meter run. The 4×400 meter relay team of Alarahshun, Sam Tudor, Bailey Stone, and Henry Falls finished fourth.
“I think the apparent one would be Haven Lander on the women’s side,” Jewett said. “She won the pole vault with a big jump, 13.3, that’s an automatic qualifier to the national meet… and she’s been recognized as the national athlete of the week women’s indoor track and field. I would point out London Futch… She was new last year and did fine but she’s really finding her way this year and she ran under 56 seconds, that’s the second fastest anyone’s ever run the indoor 400 at Pitt State, that’s a pretty strong provisional qualifier to nationals. She won so she had a great day as well too. We had a freshman girl win the pentathlon in the Boo Rogers pentathlon, that’s Mattie Flanagan. She did a great job I think and that was a provisional qualifier for her… For the men, probably Konner Swenson. He won the shot put with a provisional qualifying mark… Cameron Wright won the pole vault with a pretty good provisional mark. A provisional mark means they’ve got a pretty good chance of going to nationals but… Mason Strader had a nice 800. Mason has been a miler, two miler, for us but he opened with an 800 and won it against some pretty good half milers there…”
The track and field teams are headed to Topeka for the Washburn All-Kansas Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23.
“Well, some of those errors that we had, mental errors and lapses, we hope to clean those up a little bit,” Jewett said. “We’re going to the site of the MIAA Indoor Championships and that’s a unique facility… So, we get a sneak peek at that and get to see some good Kansas schools… We expect our kids to keep competing well as a team as run faster, jump higher, and throw farther…”