WINFIELD — Four McPherson College track and field athletes posted NAIA championship-qualifying marks Thursday in the Southwestern College Invitational.
Brandt Wolters won the javelin throw with a heave of 59.07 meters (193-9), surpassing the NAIA "A" standard by over 2 meters. The mark gives Wolters an early lead on the NAIA performance list before the outdoor season kicks into high gear in the coming weeks.
Jasmine Helms took second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.59 meters (38-0 1/4), achieving an NAIA "B" standard mark and missing the "A" standard by just one centimeter. The effort was also an outdoor personal-best and currently ranks second nationally. She also took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.21 meters (17-1 1/4).
Hunter Sury and Chris Linnin also posted championship-qualifying marks. Sury ran a personal-best 10.72 in the 100, just squeezing under the "B" standard of 10.74. Linnin won the high jump with a leap of 2.04 meters (6-8 1/4), equaling the "B" standard in that event. Sury also took fifth in the 200 in 22.11, setting another personal best, while Linnin also placed fourth in the javelin (46.77m; 153-5) and sixth in the long jump (6.68m; 21-11) and competed in the triple jump and 200. Sury currently ranks seventh nationally in the 100 and 13th in the 200. Linnin ranks second nationally in the high jump.
Amy Braimbridge provided a pair of Top-3 finishes for the Bulldog women, winning the 200 with a time of 25.39 and finishing second in the 400 with a 59.34 clocking. She ranks sixth in the NAIA in the 200 and 13th in the 400.
Lauren Wankum also looks to be in great form headed at the start of the outdoor season, winning the 10,000 in 42:25.55. The time is just two seconds off her PR of 42:23.50 set at last year's KCAC Championships. Wankum, who has already automatically qualified for nationals in the marathon, ranks seventh nationally in the 10K.
Taylor Dreiling also set a new outdoor personal best for the Bulldogs, finishing sixth in the 5,000 in 21:41.63.
The McPherson men had a number of other high finishes from individuals not named Wolters, Sury or Linnin. J'Moi Penn took sixth in the 200 (22.14) and eighth in the 100 (10.91), while DeShawn Pfeiff won his heat of the 400 and took fifth overall (50.41). Penn's time in the 200 was a personal best and currently ranks 14th in the NAIA.
The Bulldogs also placed four in the top eight of the 5,000, led by Michael Janzer in third (16:25.29 [PR]). Jesse Freeman took fifth (16:34.86), Jonathan Dominguez was seventh (16:53.02) and Felix Cervantes was eighth (17:02.96). Cervantes added a ninth-place finish in the 1,500 (4:20.26). Elsewhere among the distance crew, Jerod Fuller took third in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:31.97) and Kurt Katzdorn was fifth in the 10,000 (34:33.99).
Jordan Windholz had a good day in his first meet for the Bulldogs, placing fourth in the triple jump (13.78m; 45-2 1/2) and eighth in the long jump (6.56m; 21-6 1/4). Cain Fowles, making the transition from basketball to track, placed seventh in the high jump (1.79m; 5-10 1/2), ninth in the javelin (41.62m; 136-6) and 11th in the triple jump (12.45m; 40-10 1/4).
Marlon Clayton and Myles Sample finished sixth (13.34m; 43-9 1/4) and seventh (13.05m; 42-9 3/4), respectively, in the triple jump.
Amari Heisser added a fifth-place finish in the 400 hurdles (57.15) and a seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.94).
Next action for Mac is the Alex Francis Invitational in Hays on April 1.