WICHITA — McPherson College’s men’s track and field team gave Friends University a run for its money in the two-day KCAC Championships that were completed Friday, only to come up short.
The Bulldogs, though, took second place and their 15-point deficit was their best showing in 41 years.
“It has been a great year to see each team member grow throughout the season," Mac coach Robert Spies said. "As with every year, there are ups and downs that a season brings however, as a family we came together very nicely at this weekend's championship meet. The women's team did very well for the numbers we have and as a team we will build and grow for next year. The men's team came up just a bit short in winning the team championship, however we came away with many great performances. We will only be tougher as a team next year on the men's side. I know there is much left undone for many of the returners and I feel this meet is a great springboard for next year.”
Mac perhaps had the most spectacular performers, but didn’t quite have the depth to overtake Friends.
The Bulldogs won a whopping 11 gold medals on the men’s side, with J’Moi Penn being the short sprint champion by winning the 100 and 200 meters.
But it was Chris Linnin who scored the most points, winning the high and long jumps, while taking third in the triple jump.
Other Mac KCAC champions were Ronnie Floyd (400, 400 hurdles), the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams, Marlon Clayton in the triple jump, Art Hop in the pole vault and Brandt Wolters in the javelin.
The women’s team, which took fifth place, earned four Top 3 finishes. Rea Samuels was second in the 100 and helped the 4 x 100 relay team take second, which also included Jasmine Benson, Rebecca Hawkinson and Chantelle Theron. Jasmine Helms was third in the triple jump and Megan James was third in the pole vault.