Mac thinclads compete in last-chance meet

By Josh Schroeder, McPherson College SID
May 14, 2017

PITTSBURG — Select members of the McPherson College track and field teams made their final efforts at qualifying for the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at the Rumble in the Jungle Last Chance Qualifier hosted by Pittsburg State University.

Hunter Sury, J'Moi Penn and Myles Sample competed in the 100-meter dash. Sury finished fourth in 10.83 seconds, followed by Penn in fifth in 10.93 and Sample in 11.01. None of the three were able to improve on their season-best times or eclipse the NAIA "B" standard of 10.74 seconds. Sury is currently provisionally qualified for nationals after posting a 10.66 on April 7 at the Friends Invitational.

Ali Childs finished sixth in the pole vault after clearing a personal-best 4.52 meters (14-10) on his second attempt. He missed on three attempts at the next height - 4.67 meters - which would have bettered the NAIA "B" standard of 4.60m (15-1).

For the McPherson women, Amy Braimbridge took fourth in the 200 with a 25.34 clocking.

Braimbridge also anchored McPherson's 4 x 100 relay entry, which clocked in at 49.43 seconds - falling short of the NAIA "B" standard of 48.32. Miaya Sample, Diamond Blaylock-Norris and Chantelle Theron joined her on the relay.

The Bulldogs posted three automatic-qualifying efforts and eight provisional-qualifying efforts during the course of the regular season. Each NAIA institution is limited to three men's and three women's "right-of-membership" entries to be drawn from a school's "B" standard efforts.

The declaration period for the national meet runs from May 16-18 with final entries posted Friday, May 19.

The 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

• NAIA "A" •

Men's 4x100 relay -- McPherson, 41.51 

Men's javelin -- Brandt Wolters, 60.02m (196-11)

Women's marathon -- Lauren Wankum, 1:27:57.24 HT

• NAIA "B" •

Men's 100 -- Hunter Sury, 10.66

Women's 200 -- Amy Braimbridge, 24.92

Men's 400 hurdles -- Ronnie Floyd, 54.50

Men's high jump -- Chris Linnin, 2.04m (6-8 1/4)

Women's triple jump -- Jasmine Helms, 11.59m (38-0 1/4)

Men's marathon -- Kurt Katzdorn, 1:13:53.24 HT

Men's marathon -- Michael Janzer, 1:14:29.00

Men's marathon -- Jonathan Dominguez, 1:14:30.24 HT