WARRENSBURG, Mo. – It was another record-breaking day for the McPherson College track and field team as it reset four records and broke one for the first time this year at the University of Central Missouri Classic.
This was the last meet for individuals to qualify for the National Championships that are set for March 6.
Sharica Pleasant highlighted the women's side with her pentathlon score of 3,127, which moves her up into the Toip 10 of the NAIA and lowers her school record. She also earned an "A" Qualifying Standard in the 60 hurdles with her school record time of 9.07.
Arryana Barton won both the shot put and triple jump on Friday. She threw 13.39m (43' 11.25") in the shot, setting a school record and giving her an "A" standard, and went 11.64m (38' 2.25") in the triple, coming close to her personal and school record of 11.72. The women's 4 x 400 relay squad, which won by over 20 seconds, went 4:05.73, setting a school record, but narrowly missing the "B" standard which is 4:05.00
For the men, Perry Joseph won the 60 dash with his time of 6.94, which was also good enough to set a Mac school record and give him a "B" standard for the National Championships. Paul Rotering competed in the shot put, throwing 14.94m (49' 0.25") and finishing third. The only other athlete participating for the men was Brooks Walsh, who went 4.01m (13' 1.75") in the pole vault, earning fifth place.
The 2014 NAIA National Indoor Championships are to be held in Geneva, Ohio, on March 6-8. McPherson will have 10 athletes representing Bulldog track and field. Qualifying for the women are Sharica Pleasant in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and pentathlon, Kaley Kinnamon in the 60m dash, Arryana Barton in the triple jump and shot put, and Brooke Bush in the shot put. On the men's side, Paul Rotering will compete in the shot put, Marlon Clayton in the triple Jump and Perry Joseph in the 60m dash.
Complete McPherson Women's Results:
800m Run – Sharica Pleasant 2:48.10
3000m Run – 4. Savana Cross 11:25.73
60m Hurdles – 5. Sharica Pleasant 9.07
4X440 yard relay – 1. 4:07.21 (4:05.73 in meters)
Weight Throw – 5. Megan Pohlmann 13.38m (43' 10.75")
High Jump – 4. Sharica Pleasant 1.50m (4' 11")
Long Jump – 5. Sharica Pleasant 4.91m (16' 1.5")
Shot Put – 1. Arryana Barton 13.39m (43' 11.25")
Shot Put – Brooke Bush 12.14m (39' 10")
Shot Put – Sharica Pleasant 11.61m (38' 1.25")
Triple Jump – 1. Arryana Barton 11.64m (38' 2.25")
Complete McPherson Men's Results:
60m Dash – 4. Perry Joseph 6.94
Pole Vault – 5. Brooks Walsh 4.01m (13' 1.75")
Shot Put – 3. Paul Rotering 14.94m (49' 0.25")