PITTSBURG — A handful of McPherson College track and field athletes competed against some top-level competition in the Pittsburg State Invitational on Friday.
More than 50 teams and 1,200 athletes competed in the meet. The Bulldogs came away with several PRs, a few Top-5 finishes, a trio of national qualifying marks and a broken school record.
"It was a great meet in that those who went were able to see the facility in which we are going to be competing in for our KCAC meet next weekend," Mac coach Robert Spies said. "We had a few more national performances as the team prepares for conference."
Art Hop, Chris Linnin, and Dixon Cooney each performed very well for Mac and were the three to garner qualifying marks for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Hop and Linnin already had qualified earlier in the year. Hop vaulted over 4.87m in the pole vault and finished fourth, Linnin cleared 2.06m in the high jump for a second-place finish and Cooney ran a 4:19.53 in the mile run to book his ticket to the nationals. Cooney's time in the mile set a new MC school record, breaking a five-year old time.
The women's squad competed in just seven events including the distance medley relay. Rea Samuels upped her time from last week in the 60 (7.86) but it was a fraction slower than the school record she set back in the opening meet of the season. The senior posted a 25.57 in the 200 dash, nearly breaking her own school record.
The Bulldogs will head back to Pittsburg next week as they compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 5-6.
• Complete McPherson Men's Results •
60m Dash - Perry Joseph 7.08
60m Dash - J'Moi Penn 7.12
200m Dash - J'Moi Penn 22.65
200m Dash - Akim Muhammad 22.75
400m Dash - Akim Muhammad 51.12
800m Dash - Casey Zimmerman 2:02.69 PR
1-Mile Run - 5. Dixon Cooney 4:19.53 PR SR "B" Standard
1-Mile Run - Gavin Hightower 4:40.07 PR
1-Mile Run - Jonathan Dominguez 4:44.15 PR
Long Jump - Austin Smith 6.11m
Triple Jump - Marlon Clayton 13.50m
Triple Jump - Christopher Linnin 13.16m
High Jump - 2. Christopher Linnin 2.06m PR "A" Standard
Pole Vault - 4. Art Hop 4.87m "A" Standard
Distance Medley Relay - 11:02.14
(Felix Cervantes, Casey Zimmerman
Gavin Hightower, Jesse Freeman)
• Complete McPherson Women's Results •
60m Dash - Rea Samuels 7.86
200m Dash - Rea Samuels 25.57
1-Mile Run - Lauren Wankum 6:23.60
1-Mile Run - Taylor Dreiling 6:26.59
5000m Run - Laura Gibson 19:13.91
Triple Jump - Jasmine Helms 10.29m
Distance Medley Relay - 14:54.09
(Taylor Dreiling, Erika Doty
Miranda Clark Ulrich, Laruen Wankum)