MVC Track and Field Wraps Up Action at Indoor National Championship

Posted March 8, 2014

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




Marshall, Mo. (March 8, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College indoor track and field program finished competing at 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship Friday in Geneva, Ohio.


Three members competed in their respective event finals Saturday. Junior Sarah Niemeier (Lohne, Germany) achieved All-American status after finishing sixth in the one mile run, with a time of 4:58.58, setting a new school record. She becomes the first member of the women’s track program to earn All-American status since 2007. Also, Freshman Spencer Head (Camas, Wash.) placed eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.01. Senior Byron Evans (Chicago, Ill.) placed No. 13 competing in the triple jump. Evans finished with a distance of 13.78 meters.


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.


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