PITTSBURG — The McPherson College track and field team turned in a number of strong performances while opening the 2017-18 indoor season Saturday at the Pittsburg State Crimson and Gold Invitational at the Robert W. Plaster Center.
The team established a number of personal records, led by Amy Braimbridge who set a PR and eclipsed the NAIA "A" standard with her runner-up time of 57.01 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Braimbridge also added a PR with her eighth-place time of 25.52 in the 200. Chantelle Theron also PR'd in the 200 with a time of 27.52. Genevie Rivera placed 14th in the 400 in 1:00.27.
Hunter Sury placed 15th in the 60 dash with a time of 7.02 seconds, just ahead of Desmond Anderson in 7.05 seconds. Albert Wegener PR'd in the event with a time of 7.63 seconds. Diamond Blaylock-Norris also scored a personal record in the women's 60 dash with a time of 8.27 seconds.
Amari Heisser hit a pair of PRs in the 400 (51.09) and the 60 hurdles (8.78), where he placed 12th.
A number of members of the McPherson distance crew scored personal bests as well. Jesse Freeman and Jerod Fuller each PR'd in both the mile and the 3,000, while Jonathan Dominguez scored PRs in the 3,000 and 5,000. Casey Zimmerman added a personal best in the mile (4:42.80) and Kevin Boeckman scored a PR in the 3,000 (9:47.71).
Among the McPherson women, Rachel Foreman had a couple of PRs in the 800 (2:42.76) and mile (6:10.99). Ane' Archuleta also posted a personal-best in the mile (6:01.39), while Taylor Dreiling dropped her personal-best time in the 3,000 by 17 seconds with a 12:32.43 clocking.
In the field events, Morgan Little hit a new personal best with a throw of 11.21 meters (36-9 1/2) in the women's weight throw, while Tanner Trigg PR'd in the men's shot put with a toss of 13.72 meters (45-0 1/4).
McPherson will now break for the holidays. The next competition on the Bulldogs' schedule is the Ward Haylett Invitational hosted by Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, on Jan. 6.