MVC Track & Field Competes in Day 2 of National MeetPosted March 7, 2014
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MVC TRACK & FIELD COMPETES AT INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
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 Friday in Geneva, Ohio.
Two members of the MVC indoor track and field program competed Friday. Freshman Spencer Head (Camas, Wash.) ran in the semifinals of the 800 meter run. Head finished with the fifth fastest qualifying time, running a 1:52.65 to qualify for the finals Saturday. The time also broke a school record that Head set earlier this season.
On the women’s side, Junior Sarah Niemeier (Lohne, Germany) competed in the one mile run semifinals. Niemeier finished with the fifth fastest qualifying time, running a 5:03.12 to qualify for the finals Saturday. Niemeier also broke the school record she set earlier this season by nearly eight seconds.
Both Head and Niemeier will compete in their respective event finals Saturday at the National meet, as will Senior Byron Evans (Chicago, Ill.) in the triple jump.
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.
For more information on the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship, go to www.naia.org.
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