WICHITA —The annual Friends University Enduro Classic brought about some great performances for the McPherson College track and field team as it took the crown in nine events and sent another athlete to the 2014 NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The men's team produced seven of the first-place finishes. Akim Muhammad ran a 49.96 in the 400 dash to put him atop the KCAC. He is the lone conference athlete to have gone under the 50-second mark this season.
In the 800, Brandon Sherier ran a 1:54.74, which was good enough for first in the meet and places him second in the conference. Freshman Dixon Cooney blasted out a 4:08.91 in the 1,500, finishing the race in first and putting him third on the KCAC leaderboard.
Newcomer and California native Aaron Vaughn ran a 15.46 in the 110 hurdles to claim first at the meet and now sits atop the league. Paul Rotering threw the shot put 15.17m (49' 9.25"), taking first for the day and putting him in the KCAC lead. He also took third in the javelin with a toss of 58.99m (193' 6.5") which was good enough for an "A" standard for the NAIA.
Chris Le and the men's 4 x 400 relay team were the others to post a first-place finish while Josh Dunback’s marks in the discus, 141-10, and hammer, 141- 5 1/“4 put him second in the meet and second and third in the KCAC, respectively.
On the women’s side, Sharica Pleasant finished first in the long jump at 16-10 and Megan Pohlmann was atop the hammer throw chart with her heave of 145- 1 1/4). Pleasant took third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.38, which was good enough to put her second in the KCAC. The Bulldogs cleaned up in the long jump at the meet, claiming first, second, sixth, seventh and eighth; they also had a solid showing in the shot put, going second, third, sixth and eighth.
The 'Dogs are off to Hutchinson for their next meet as they compete in the Hutchinson County CC Night Relays on April 5.