Abrams repeats as GPAC 10,000-meter champion
Mark Abrams, a junior from Glenwood, Iowa, successfully defended his title in the men’s 10,000-meters during Friday’s action at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Abrams, the GPAC’s reigning champion in both the 5000 and 10,000-meter runs, won Friday evening’s 10,000-meter final with a time of 32:53.92 to lead a group of three Morningside place winners in the event. Mustang teammates Dan Larscheid, a senior from Bondurant, Iowa, and Jacob Klein, a freshman from Fremont, Neb., finished fourth and sixth with times of 33:23.87 and 33.29.74, respectively.
The Mustangs’ Neeia Cooperwood, a senior from Omaha, Neb., used a school-record performance to advance from the prelims into Saturday’s women’s 100-meter dash final. Cooperwood led the finalists with a school-record time of 11.82 seconds in the prelims. She broke her own Morningside standard of 11.84 set in 2013.
Morningside had two place winners in the men’s javelin, where Raul Rivera Rojas, a sophomore from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and Austin Langston, a freshman from Sioux City, placed fifth and sixth with distances of 173-6 and 168-2, respectively.
Emily Keim, a junior from Sterling, Neb., had the top individual finish for the Mustang women with a seventh place distance of 125-9 in the javelin.
Morningside placed fourth in the women’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:23.64 from the quartet of Tori Figge, a sophomore from Rock Rapids, Iowa; Allison Higgins, a freshman from Jefferson, Iowa; Michelle Mumm, a freshman from Neola, Iowa; and Shelby Hall, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa.
Morningside placed eighth in the men’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 8:00.68 from Jacob Willey, a junior from Onawa, Iowa; Jason Kenny, a freshman from Schaller, Iowa; Eamon Adamson, a sophomore from Cherokee, Iowa; and Drew Schiltz, a sophomore from Hinton, Iowa.
The GPAC Outdoor Championships will conclude on Saturday.