Track swept the competition Friday and Saturday in Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan. The men’s and women’s teams were both able to capture first place in the KCAC indoor championships.
The men scraped up a total of 138 points. Tabor College came in second with 117 points, making a deficit of 21. The team was seeded third going into the championships.
Nick Warnke, business sophomore, ran the 1000 meter run, 4×800 and 4×400 meter relays. He placed fifth in the 1000 meter run, third in the 4×400 and first in the 4×800.
Warnke said “Winning the 4×800 was nice because we qualified for nationals.”
Brandyn Willard, physical education junior, placed second in the 400 meter. Hunter Cline got first in the same event.
Willard said “It felt good for the team to get first and second in that race and get us off to start at winning the meet.”
Willard was predicted to win the 400 by a second. It was the first time Cline beat him.
Willard said “Hunter ran a good race. I got stuck behind him but was still able to out kick the St. Mary runner.”
On the other side of things, the women totaled 161 points followed by Friends with 141.
Christine Sheppard, physical performance and sports studies junior, took first in all four of her events. The 60 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, and 4×400 relay are the four events she ran.
Sheppard said it felt great to take first in all her events, “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates though, I always have them cheering me on.”
“It was amazing to win this meet, especially for our seniors and this being their last indoor season” said Sheppard.
This was the first time for both men and women to be indoor conference champions. This is only the second year for the KCAC to host indoor championships.
Not only did the Builders sweep the meet as teams they also swept meet MVPs. Frank Adelman took the men’s and Christine Sheppard the women’s.
The team has big expectations for the outdoor season.
Sheppard said they would like to go out and get another title so the seniors can have an indoor and outdoor title.
Men who placed are as follows: Women who placed are as follows:
60m Elliot Muegge Fifth 60m Christine Sheppard First
200m Elliot Muegge Third 60m Ashlee Wenrick Fourth
200m Hunter Cline Fifth 60m Rhea Rollins Sixth
400m Hunter Cline First 200m Christine Sheppard First
400m Brandyn Willard Second 200m Ashlee Wenrick Third
600m Conner Barragree Sixth 200m Taylor Sisneros Fourth
800m Frank Adelman Third 400m Christine Sheppard First
800m Sam McDaniel Sixth 400m Taylor Sisneros Second
1000m Conner Drendel Second 600m Allie Maffei Fourth
1000m Nick Warnke Fifth 600m Jaclyn Lake Fifth
1 Mile Frank Adelman First 600m Rachel Busch Sixth
1 Mile Conner Drendel Third 800m Cassie Hollenback First
1 Mile Trey Bruton Sixth 800m Ashley Schoenhofer Third
3000m Frank Adelman Second 1000m Sydnee Nelson Fourth
3000m Eric Lightfoot Fifth 3000m Sydnee Nelson Fourth
5000m Frank Adelman First 3000m Kelsey Buffum Sixth
5000m Colton McNinch Second 5000m Kelsey Buffum Second
4×400 Team Third 4×400 Team First
60m Hurdles Brandyn Willard Fifth 60m Hurdles Rhea Rollins First
4×800 Team First 4×800 Team Third
4000m DMR Team First 4000m DMR Team Third
High Jump Hunter Cline Sixth High Jump Rachel Vieyra Second
Triple Jump Artrail Skipper Second Shot Put Brandi Yound Fifth
Shot Put Alex Fernandez Sixth Shot Put Allyssa Zentner Sixth
Weight Throw Chris Paddock Second Weight Throw Alyssa Zentner First
Weight Throw Brandi Young Fourth
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