LAWRENCE — McPherson College sophomore Chris Linnin automatically qualified for the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships next March in the high jump after clearing 2.10 meters (6-10 3/4) Friday at the Bob Timmons Challenge hosted by the University of Kansas at the Anschutz Pavilion.
Linnin, who finished second in the competition behind KU's Kai Shean, surpassed the NAIA 'A' standard of 2.04 meters when he cleared 2.05 meters on his third attempt. He followed that by clearing 2.10 meters on the first try, but missed on all three attempts at 2.13 meters (6-11 3/4), which would have broken Derrick Toney's 2012 school record of 2.11 meters (6-11). In addition, he took third among collegians in the long jump with a leap of 6.56 meters (21-6 1/4).
Marlon Clayton nearly achieved an NAIA 'B' standard mark in triple jump, finishing fifth among collegians with a leap of 13.95 meters (45-9 1/4). The 2017 NAIA 'B' standard is 13.98 meters (45-10 1/2).
Michael Janzer took third in the men's mile with a 4:40.71 clocking, just ahead of teammate Jonathan Dominguez in fifth place (4:41.55).
J'Moi Penn finished sixth in the 200 with a time of 23.02, while Ronnie Floyd took seventh in the 400 in a time of 51.21, just edging teammate DeShawn Pfeiff in eighth (51.96).
Other Top-10 finishes came from Casey Zimmerman (sixth, 1:17.04) and Gavin Hightower ninth (1:19.49) in the 600-yard run, Gustavo Pelayo Manzo in the 1,000 (10th, 3:01.56) and Felix Cervantes in the mile (9th, 4:55.50). Jerod Fuller, Jesse Freeman and Kurt Katzdorn finished seventh (9:26.27), eighth (9:29.19) and 10th (9:42.91), respectively, in the 3,000, and Freeman, Hightower, Zimmerman and Katzdorn combined for a third-place finish in the distance medley relay (11:13.25).
In the throws, Jacob-Tanner Trigg took eighth among collegians in the weight throw (11.23m; 36-10 1/4) and ninth in the shot put (12.63m; 41-5 1/4).
Lauren Wankum led the Bulldog women with a seventh-place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:44.52. Amy Braimbridge finished 12th in both the 200 (26.56) and the 400 (1:01.18).
The Bulldogs are idle until Jan. 14 when they travel to Crete, Nebraska, to participate in the Scott Nisley Invitational hosted by Doane University.