KANSAS CITY – The Central Christian College men's and women's indoor track and field team traveled to Johnson County Community College in Kansas City last Friday for its first meet of 2018. The Tigers were participating in the Cavalier Invitational and they picked up right where they left off at the end of 2017.
In their first meet of the season, back in December, they qualified 9 individuals for the NAIA national indoor meet. On Friday, they added four more to that number. The Tigers had a huge day at Johnson County, winning 6 of the 13 total events.
The men started the day by winning each of the jumping events, the long jump, triple jump and the high jump. Malik Johnson was very impressive, winning both the long jump and the triple jump in only his second meet as a Tiger.
In the running events, the Tiger men were equally dominant. In the finals of the 60 mete dash, the Tigers held 5 of the 6 lanes The Tigers swept the podium, going 1-2-3, with John Jones winning the event with a time of 6.80 seconds. The Tigers also went 1-2 in the 200 with Alfred Thomas winning the event and Alan Leyva, who was also second in the long jump, finishing right behind him.
The Tiger women were led by Amanda Murray. The junior hurdler, who transferred in this season from Hinds Community College in Mississippi, dominated the 60 hurdles. She breezed through prelims and then won the finals with equal ease. Temar Smith also had a good day, making the podium in the long jump in second place, and then placing fourth in the 60.
"Today was a great meet for us coming off of the winter break" Central coach Mike Anderson said. "I felt like we competed hard and really used this meet to set us up for the rest of the season to be great. I am proud of how hard all of our kids competed. If we can continue this upward trend and keep qualifying more athletes, I believe we have a shot to do very well at nationals.”
Next up for the Tigers is a trip north this coming Friday, to Brookings, S.D., for the South Dakota State Invitational.