Abrams reigns in GPAC 10,000-meters
Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, became a three-time Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) champion in the men’s 10,000-meters on Friday at the GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fremont, Neb.
Abrams ran the race in a time of 32:04.0 for a victory margin of over 13 seconds over runner-up Lucas Keifer of Hastings College, who ran a 32:17.58.
Abrams also reigned in the event at the 2014 and 2016 GPAC Outdoor Championships.
Kati Kneifl, a sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa, had the top performance for the Morningside women in Friday’s events. Kneifl finished second in the javelin with a distance of 135-1 to finish two inches out of first place behind Maitlyn Thomsen of Doane University, who won with a throw of 135-3.
Alexandra George, a freshman from Seward, Neb., finished third in the women’s 10,000-meters with a time of 40:09.41.
Morningside finished third in the men’s 3200-meter relay, where Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Alec DeVries, a junior from Le Mars, Iowa; Kyle Hiser, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa; and Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa, combined for a time of 7:41.30.
The Mustangs finished fifth in the women’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:35.19 from Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa; Cassie Warner, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Clare Kortlever, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa; and Natalie Lambert, a freshman from Paton, Iowa.
Aside from his performance in the 3200-meter relay, Schiltz gave the Mustangs’ an eighth place showing in the men’s javelin with a distance of 159-9.
Aurora Arevalo, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa, finished seventh in the women’s javelin with a distance of 125-9 and is in position to give the Mustangs a high finish in the heptathlon. Arevalo will go into Saturday’s final day of the competition in second place with 2521 points to trail Hasting’s April Faimon, who leads with 2701 points. Arevalo led the heptathlon competitors with a distance of 36-11 in the shot put and a time of 26.27 in the 200-meters.
Morningside had three athletes qualify for Saturday’s final in the men’s 100-meters. The Mustangs’ finalists are Perman Wilson, who had the third fastest qualifying time of 10.92 seconds in Friday’s prelims; Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb., who was fifth in 10.99; and Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was eighth in 11.05.
Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s Antigua, qualified for the women’s 100-meter dash final with the sixth fastest time of 12.56 seconds in the prelims.
Morningside qualified two for the men’s 110-meter high hurdle final. Reece Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, qualified with the second fastest time of 14.86 seconds in the prelims, while Jacobus Noble, a freshman from Sioux City, was the fourth fastest qualifier with a time of 15.17.