CRETE, Neb. — One meet into the indoor season and McPherson College’s track and field team already has three national qualifiers.
The Bulldogs began their season Saturday competing in the Scott Nisely Invitational hosted Doane College.
Rea Samuels took first in the 60 (a school record 7.79) and 200 (26.08). Other highlights for the women were Jasmine Helms (second in the triple jump) and Laura Gibson was fourth in the 3,000.
Freshman Chris Linnin, the Bulldogs’ football quarterback this past fall, made a spectacular debut by going 6-7 in the high jump to take first. Dixon Cooney won the mile (4:26.68) and Marlon Clayton was second in the 400. Pole vaulting standout Art Hop was third, though he went 15-9 as the field was strong.
Linnin and Hop joined Samuels in meeting national standards.
"It was a nice opener for our men's and women's programs," new Mac head coach Robert Spies said. "We have more to go as some of the team was not able to compete and we will be better each week as training progresses throughout the indoor season."
"I thought we had a pretty decent first meet for our jumpers," Mac assistant coach Ermelinda Spies said. "We had some good jumps, a NAIA qualifier and a couple of close ones. It was good to see our freshmen compete for the first time as Bulldogs.”
"I was pleased with how strong the distance crew came out in their first meet," said Cameron Magnall, assistant coach in charge of distance events. "We came home with a race win and several had personal bests."
Mac is at Nebraska Wesleyan on Jan. 22.