MVC Track and Field Competes in Day 1 of Indoor National Championships

Posted March 6, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (March 6, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College indoor track and field program took part in the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship Thursday in Geneva, Ohio.


Competing on the first day was the men’s 4x800 meter relay team. Running in the relay were Senior Kenneth Kipng’etich (Nairobi, Kenya), Freshman Nolan Ryan (St. Peters, Mo.) Sophomore Ignacio Franco (Cadiz, Spain) and Freshman Spencer Head (Camas, Wash.). The relay team finished in a time of 7:46.80, but failed to qualify for the event finals by just over four seconds. The time set a school record that’s stood since 2004 by nearly six seconds.


Also competing Friday was Freshman Phillip Cheriuyot (Nairobi, Kenya) who ran in the 5000 meter run. Cheriuyot finished with a personal best time of 15:01.94, but failed to qualify for the event finals by just under seven seconds.


MVC will compete through the remainder of the National championships on Friday and Saturday. On the men’s side, Freshman Spencer Head (Camas, Wash.) will compete Friday in the 800 meter run.  Head won the event at the HAAC Indoor Track and Field Championship last month and had the fifth fastest National qualifying time at 1:54.87 in the event.  Also competing individually on the men’s side is Senior Byron Evans (Chicago, Ill.) in the triple jump on Saturday


On the women’s side, Junior Sarah Niemeier (Lohne, Germany) will compete in the one mile run with semifinals on Friday and the finals on Saturday.  Niemeier placed second in the one mile run at the HAAC Championship last month.


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