Mac thinclads headed to nationals

By McPherson College Sports Information
March 05, 2014

The 49th annual men's and 33rd annual women's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Track and Field National Championships are to be held over the next three days at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. 

More than 130 men's and women's programs will compete as action begins at noon (CT) Thursday.

The McPherson College track and field program has seven athletes competing in the meet. 

For the men's team, entrants include Marlon Clayton in the triple jump, Perry Joseph in the 60m dash and Paul Rotering in the shot put. On the women's side, competitors are Arryana Barton in the shot put and triple jump, Brooke Bush in the shot put, Kaley Kinnamon in the 60 and Sharica Pleasant in the 60, 60 hurdles and pentathlon.

"This indoor season has seen many cold, miserable days along with snow and with it revealing the adaptability of training and coaching strategy," Mac assistant track and field coach Robert Spies said. "Those selected student-athletes who will compete for our college at the NAIA Indoor National Championship Meet have learned to take things in stride, so to speak, and have stepped up. I do believe we will see some really nice performances from the seven qualifiers and the team will likely bring home some individual hardware as the 2014 indoor season comes a close."

Bulldog rankings:

Clayton - 23-of-23 in Men's Triple Jump (14.00m)

Joseph - 22-of-25 in Men's 60m Dash (6.94)

Rotering - 21-of-24 in Men's Shot Put (15.39m)

Barton - 6-of-33 in Women's Triple Jump (11.66m)

Barton - 21-of-31 in Women's Shot Put (13.39m)

Bush - 26-of-31 in Women's Shot Put (12.88m)

Kinnamon - 23-of-23 in Women's 60m Dash (7.85)

Pleasant - 18-of-23 in Women's 60m Dash (7.80)

Pleasant - 20-of-29 in Women's 60m Hurdles (9.07)

Pleasant - 16-of-16 in Women's Pentathlon (3127)

Forty-two events are scheduled over the three-day span. The women's 5,000-meter relays will kick off the track portion of events at 4 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, the heptathlon begins the day at 10 a.m., followed by the running and field events at noon. The National Championship ceremony, which honors eligible team's Champions of Character individual awards and the Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character team awards, starts off Saturday at noon.