Three of the four KCAC track & field awards that were given out on Monday were won by McPherson College student-athletes.
Akim Muhammad won the Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Arryana Barton won the Women's Field Athlete of the Week and Kaley Kinnamon won the Women's Track Athlete of the Week. All performed in the Scott Nisely Memorial Classic Track & Field Meet hosted by Doane College of Nebraska.
Muhammad had a record-breaking week, snapping the McPherson College indoor 400 record. He currently ranks first in the KCAC with a mark of 51.76. Following his second-place finish in the 200 at 22.83, he is now the top 200 athlete in the conference. The junior transfer also competed on the 4 x 400m relay team that placed fourth, coming in second for the KCAC schools.
In her first meet of 2014, Barton, the 2013 All-American, had a very impressive showing. She started with a ninth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 4.98m. She is now third in the conference. In her main event, the triple jump, Barton hit a distance of 11.40m, which was good enough to give her a second-place finish and an "A" Qualifying Standard, sending her to nationals. She currently tops the league. In her third event of the day, she threw 11.80m in the shot put, putting her 12th of 30 athletes. She is also in first place of the KCAC in that event.
Kinnamon has been a very pleasant addition to the Bulldog track squad. The McPherson native transferred back to her home town after one year of school at John Hopkins University. In the first college meet of her career, the freshman shone very brightly as she took down two McPherson College records. In her first event, the 60, she broke the record in prelims and then again in finals, ending the meet with a second place finish and a 7.92 split. She is now second in the league.
In the 200 dash, she finished fifth out of 25 participants with a time of 26.74, barely losing to her teammate and last week's KCAC Track Athlete of the Week Rea Samuels. She has posted the fifth-fastest time in the conference. In the final race of the day, Kinnamon helped her team snap the 4 x 400 relay record with a time of 4:16.45, finishing second overall but winning their heat. MC is first in the KCAC following that race.