NORTH NEWTON — Coming off a solid start to the meet on Friday when Seth Derr and Miranda Burton swept the javelin championships, the Bethany College outdoor track and field team finished the KCAC Championships on Saturday.
"The kids competed with a lot of heart and moxey today," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "In total we had 18 personal bests set. Our women's hammer throwers had a phenomenal day and I can't say enough about Ethan Linden's performances. Ethan stepped in with the 4 x 4 after an injury and helped that group run a season best. I could not be any prouder of them all for all of their hard work and dedication. I also want to thank Coach Yoder and Coach Frizzell. We have some of the best coaches you can ask for and they have done a remarkable job with our student-athletes."
The Bethany women finished sixth with 55 points. McPherson College won the championship, followed by Friends University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Ottawa University, Bethany College, Tabor College, University of Saint Mary, Kansas Wesleyan University and Bethel College.
The Swede men placed ninth with 31 points. McPherson College also won the men's championships, followed by Friends University, Southwestern College, Tabor College, University of Saint Mary, Ottawa University, Sterling College, Bethel College and Bethany College.
Karessa Nordyke finished second in the hammer with a throw of 120-6. Kristi Ohlschwager took third at 110-6, followed by Burton in seventh at 102-3 and Briana Dietz in 10th at 76-8.
Cody Derr placed sixth in the men's hammer 133-7, followed by Landon Hedstrom in eighth at 130-5. Luis Marrero took 12th with 110-7 while Linden finished 14th at 107-4.
Nordyke placed 10th in the shot put with a 32-8 performance. Briana Dietz finished 12th at 32-1 while Ohlschwager took 13th at 32-0.
On the men's side of the shot put, Cody Derr placed 10th with a throw of 41-4. Robyn Haynes placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 49.30.
In the men's 800, James Farris took 14th at 2:01.79, followed by Zach Hartwell in 20th at 2:04.44 and Jordan Dahlke in 23rd at 2:09.79.
On the women's side of the 800, Layne Gilliland placed sixth with a time of 2:28.19, followed by Kylee Martinez in 16th at 2:40.93.
William Nez finished 16th in the 1500 with a 5:08.23 performance. In the women's 1,500, Araceli Aburto took 13th at 5:43.71 while Elizabeth Benoit placed 15th at 5:50.95.
In the men's 5,000, Jeremiah Gerardyfinished seventh with a 16:07.35 performance.
The men's 4 x 100 relay team finished seventh with a 43.53 performance. The Bethany women's 4 x 100 relay placed sixth at 51.16.
The Bethany men's 4 x 400 relay team took fifth at 3:26.18 while the women placed sixth at 4:14.48.