WICHITA — The McPherson College track and field team sent nearly its entire distance crew and javelin thrower Brandt Wolters to the Wichita State University KT Woodman Classic Collegiate Distance Carnival Friday night at Cessna Stadium, bringing home a handful of personal records.
Friday's events showcased races at distances from 800 to 10,000 meters. It also featured a top-notch field of javelin throwers taking their turns on the stadium's infield.
Wolters took fifth place in the javelin with a toss of 56.13 meters (184-2) on his second attempt of the competition. The mark did not improve on his current NAIA-leading mark of 60.02m (196-11), but still surpassed the NAIA "B" standard.
On the track, Erika Doty, Rachel Foreman and LeaAnn Myers kicked off the competition with personal records in the women's 1,500. Doty posted a 5:41.45 in her first 1,500 since the 2014 KT Woodman, while Foreman ran a 5:50.17 and Myers a 6:01.32.
Gustavo Pelayo Manzo ran a 4:49.15 in the men's 1,500.
Jerod Fuller took fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase with a 2017 season-best time of 10:03.31, missing a PR by less than a second. Jesse Freeman took 14th with a 10:28.33 clocking.
In the 800, Ane' Archuleta won her section of the women's race with an outdoor PR of 2:34.36. On the men's side, Casey Zimmerman finished eighth in a quick heat and 15th overall with a time of 2:00.45 - also an outdoor PR.
Lauren Wankum broke the 40-minute barrier in the 10,000 meters for the first time in her collegiate career, finishing 11th with a PR time of 39:51.0. She bested her old PR of 42:23.50 by over two-and-a-half minutes. Jonathan Dominguez took 12th (34:02.12) in the men's 10K.
The 5Ks capped the evening with Taylor Dreiling posting a 21:42.51 on the women's side and Michael Janzer, Felix Cervantes and Kurt Katzdorn finishing nearly shoulder-to-shoulder-to-shoulder in the final race of the night. Janzer's 16:44.42 edged Cervantes' 16:44.48 and Katzdorn's 16:45.53. Cervantes' time was a season-best.
The remainder of the Bulldog track and field squad is in competition today at the Bethel College Invitational in North Newton. Festivities at Thresher Stadium will kickoff at noon with all of the field events