Bulldog thinclads tune up for KCAC

By Josh Schroeder, McPherson College SID
April 30, 2018

WINFIELD—The McPherson College track and field teams returned to competition after a two-week layoff and completed their preparations for next week's KCAC Championships by competing in Saturday's Southwestern Relays at Richard L. Jantz Stadium. 

The Bulldogs were led by Amy Braimbridge, who lowered her NAIA Championship automatic qualifying mark in the 400-meter dash and anchored the 400-meter relay to an A-cut mark.

• Women •

Braimbridge knocked half a second off her previous school record and NAIA A-cut mark, winning the 400 in 55.10 seconds. That mark currently ranks fifth nationally. The Bulldogs placed four in the top six — all in personal-best times. Genevie Rivera took third in 59.36, Tatelyn Lasley was fifth in 1:01.68 and Ane' Archuleta was sixth in 1:01.84. It was Archuleta's first 400 in a McPherson uniform. Rivera also added a seventh-place finish in the 200 (26.02).

The McPherson 4 x 100 relay took third with a 47.92 clocking, shaving four-tenths of a second off the team's previous top time.

The Bulldogs also posted a handful of PRs in the distance races and field events. Two came in the 1,500 where Samantha Nelson posted a 5:21.27 and LeaAnn Myers ran a 5:46.50. Taylor Dreiling added a PR in the 5,000 with a seventh-place time of 20:48.85.

Dejalynn Saili placed ninth in the discus with a throw of 35.02 meters (114-11), while Tameria Macon PR'd with a throw of 31.86 meters (104-6). Macon also PR'd in the hammer throw (30.57m; 100-3). Ilanna Moyer joined Macon with a new personal-best mark in the hammer with a toss of 35.17 meters (115-5).

Brooke Racette  placed sixth in the javelin throw with a mark of 32.88 meters (107-10).

• Men •

The McPherson men posted 16 Top-8 finishes, led by a 1-3-4 finish in the javelin throw. Brandt Wolters won the event with a throw of 61.15 meters (200-7), while Derek Naegele took third (55.89m; 183-4) and Cain Fowles placed fourth (52.67m; 172-10). Both Wolters and Naegele posted NAIA Championship-qualifying marks, but posted better marks earlier this season.

In the throwing events, Dylan Templeman placed second in the discus throw (46.54m; 152-8) and sixth in the hammer throw (PR-44.74m; 146-9). Tanner Trig placed fourth in the hammer with a PR throw of 46.34 meters (152-0). Abel Villarreal posted a personal-best in the discus with a mark of 40.50 meters (132-10).

Hector Bosquez placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 13.40 meters (43-11 3/4), while Robert Shaw placed fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.92 meters (6-3 1/2).

On the track, the Bulldogs placed second in the 400 relay with a 41.48 clocking, missing the school record set earlier this year by five-hundredths of a second.

Amari Heisser took second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.21 in the finals and also took third in the 400 hurdles in 55.36. Shaw added an eighth-place finish in the 110 hurdles.

In the 100, Hunter Sury (Katy, Texas, Katy HS) qualified for the final with a time of 10.90 seconds, but ran a 11.05 in the final to finish sixth.

All three McPherson entries in the 800 posted personal-best times led by Casey Zimmerman with a 1:58.25 clocking. Jesse Freeman finished in 2:02.99, while Albert Wegener posted a time of 2:13.73.

Freeman also PR'd in the 1,500 with a sixth-place time of 4:11.03. Alex Schuetz finished in 5:10.45 to knock nearly two seconds off his previous PR.

Jonathan Dominguez and Jerod Fuller took second and third in the 5,000, respectively with Dominguez stopping the clock in 15:52.47. Fuller posted a time of 16:08.04.

The Bulldogs now turn their attention to KCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for Thursday and Friday, May 3-4 at Adair-Austin Stadium in Wichita.