MANHATTAN — The Bethany College track and field teams competed at the KCAC Indoor Championships this weekend at Kansas State.
The Swede men placed sixth with 26 points. Southwestern won the meet with 127, followed by McPherson College 121, Friends University 109, Tabor College 107, Ottawa University 51, Bethany College 26, University of Saint Mary 23, Sterling College 14 and Bethel College 11.
The Bethany women finished seventh with 20 team points. Southwestern College won the meet with 151 points, followed by McPherson College 126, Friends University 102, Sterling College 63, Tabor College 50, Ottawa University 38, Bethany College 20, Kansas Wesleyan University 17, University of Saint Mary 17 and Bethel College 2.
One of the main highlights of the meet showcased Bethany senior Kaitlyn Davis, who was crowned as the women's high jump champion. Davis' 1.72m mark set a new KCAC meet record, a new Bethany College school record and earned the second-highest mark in the NAIA in 2014.
Freshman Karessa Nordyke placed second in the women's weight throw with an 11.83m performance. Sophomore Miranda Burton finished fifth at 9.02m.
In addition, Nordyke finished 10th in the shot put with a mark of 9.08m.
Junior Amy Bosley finished 15th in the women's long jump at 4.55m, followed by senior Sierra Sherrod in 18th at 4.39m.
The women's 4 x 800 relay team of freshmen Araceli Aburto, Macey Dinkel, Elizabeth Benoit and Cally Albers finished ninth with a time of 11:52.08.
In the 200m, Bosley took 14th with a time of 28.00, followed by Sherrod in 20th at 30.03.
Sophomore Layne Gilliland finished eighth in the women's 400 with a time of 1:03.32.
Sophomore Kylee Martinez took 12th in the women's 600 with a 1:59.84 performance, followed by Albers in 14th at 2:03.89.
Aburto finished 15th in the women's 800 with a 2:51.34 time.
In the women's one-mile run, Benoit placed 10th at 6:19.80, followed by Dinkel in 11th at 6:34.87.
A big story on the men's side was junior Jeremiah Gerardy's fourth-place finish in the men's 5,000 run with a time of 15:41.60, marking a new Bethany College school record. Gerardy also finished ninth in the men's one-mile run with a 4:37.75 performance.
In the 200, freshman Seth Maples finished 10th at 23.57, followed by senior Ethan Linden in 18th at 24.38, junior Barry Garfinkel in 20th at 24.45 and sophomore Cale Green in 21st at 24.49.
Maples also finished fourth in the men's 400 with a time of 52.64. Following Maples was Green in ninth at 53.86.
In the men's 600, Robyn Haynes placed third at 1:24.74, followed by junior James Farris in fourth at 1:24.88 and senior Jordan Dahlke in seventh at 1:27.63.
Sophomore Zach Hartwell finished eighth in the men's 800 after running a 2:06.46.
In the men's 1000, senior William Nez took 13th with a time of 3:00.18.
The men's 4 x 400 relay team of Maples, Haynes, Farris and Dahlke took home the bronze medal with a 3:31.67 finish.
The men's 4 x 800 relay team of Dahlke, senior Taylor Plante, Hartwell and Farris took seventh at 8:36.97.
Junior Cody Derr placed fifth in the men's weight throw with a 13.41m performance. Junior Landon Hedstrom took 10th at 11.59m, followed by Seth White in 20th at 9.17m.
Derr also finished seventh in the shot put at 12.41m, followed by Hedstrom in 20th at 10.52m.
In the men's high jump, sophomore Tayler Stull placed seventh at 1.81m. Stull also finished 12th in the long jump with a mark of 5.85m.
"The coaching staff was extremely proud of how our student-athletes performed this weekend," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "We had over 20 personal records, and school records by Jeremiah Gerardy in the 5K and Kaitlyn Davis in the high jump. Kaitlyn also set the conference meet record as well as now sitting second in the nation. We had multiple standout performances ranging from Karessa Nordyke in the weight throw finishing second with a personal record, and Robyn Haynes and James Farris going third and fourth in the 600. I couldn't be prouder of how our kids competed this weekend, and it is a sign of some big things on the horizon."
The Swedes will be back in action on Feb. 21 at the Nebraska Tune Up, held at University of Nebraska, Lincoln.