For the third and final time this outdoor track season, the Builder track and field team will compete at Cowley College. They will host the Southwestern College Relays April 24 at Cowley due to the construction on Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
“We are expecting anywhere from 10 to 15 schools,” said Mike Kirkland, head women’s track coach. “The big thing is that it is our last chance to get things fine-tuned before the conference meet. Your last meet before the conference meet is not the meet that you want to use all of your emotional energy.”
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship meet will take place April 30 and will be hosted by Ottawa.
From Wednesday to Saturday, the team competed at the University of Kansas Relays in Lawrence. Though the full team was not present, Kirkland was still pleased with the results. “We took advantage of some pretty good conditions and competed well with some good competition,” said Kirkland. “It is getting to that time in the season where everyone needs to start stepping up and competing and I think they responded to that really well.”
The 4×880 yard relay team, consisting of Conner Drendel, elementary education sophomore, Jimmy Bryant, business administration senior, Carrington Crum, elementary education sophomore and Chris Copeland, psychology junior, finished with a time of 7:44.80. Their time earned them the second place spot in the race out of nine competing teams.
Copeland and Drendel placed high in their individual events as well. Copeland finished fifth in the 800 meter run with a time of :.76, while Drendel ran a time of 4:00.47 in the 1500 meter run and placed fifth.
There were also a number of career bests on the women’s side.
Jordan Unruh, nursing junior, hit a personal record in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.29.
Sydnee Nelson, biology freshman and Jennifer Hendrixon, accounting sophomore, finished the 1500 meter run back to back with times of 5:11.60 and 5:14.00 respectively, both earning personal bests in the process. Hendrixson also beat her career best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:59.88.
After running for over forty straight minutes, Alyssa Carter came away with a personal best time of 41:24.14 in the 10000 meter run.
After the performance at KU, Kirkland is hoping to keep things in order at the SC Relays. “We want to strive for consistency and continue to make improvements. As a coach, you also do not want to see any setbacks or injuries.”
Clinton Dick is a freshman majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KANSAS RELAYS @ LAWRENCE, KS
400 meter dash: Anjaih Clemons 58.21 seconds
800 meter run: Jordan Unruh 2:22.29, Taylor Kinnamon 2:31.74, Mychala Money 2:35.28
1500 meter run: Sydnee Nelson 5:11.60, Jennifer Hendrixson 5:14.00, Erica Dunigan 5:41.63
3000 meter steeplechase: Hendrixson 12:59.88
10000 meter run: Alyssa Carter 41:21.14, Arely Smith 43:08.53
Mile Relay: Clemons, Kinnamon, Brianna Johnson, Unruh 4:06.01
4×880 yard relay: 7. Unruh, Carter, Kinnamon, Money 10:19.29
Triple Jump: Paige Carswell 36-04.00
100 meter dash: Colton Siler 11.36
800 meter run: 5. Chris Copeland 1:54.76, Jimmy Bryant 1:57.61
1500 meter run: 5. Conner Drendel 4:00.47, 9. Carrington Crum 4:01.30, Clint Kessler 4:27.33
3000 meter steeplechase: 10. Crum 9:38.62, Frank Adelman 9:53.48, Zack Conroy 10:10.38
4×100 meter relay: Matt Perkins, Chandler Kirkhart, Kelvin Chaplin, Siler 42.97
4×400 meter relay: Kirkhart, Perkins, Donva Adkism, Chaplin 3:30.31
4×880 yard relay: 2. Drendel, Bryant, Crum, Copeland 7:44.80
Distance medley relay: 6. Bryant, Kessler, Copeland, Drendel 10:31.04
Triple Jump: Trevor Noel 45-06.50
Long Jump: Chaplin 20-10.00