Neeia Cooperwood won four events and Jay Welp had three victories at the GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Neeia Cooperwood, a senior from Omaha, Neb., was named the Female Outstanding Athlete of the Meet at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday in Crete, Neb.

Neeia Cooperwood

Cooperwood, who won the honor for the second year in a row, won four events with victories in the long jump and the 60, 200, and 400-meter sprints.

Jay Welp, a senior from Marcus, Iowa, was one of the individual standouts in the men’s division by winning a distance triple in the mile and 1000 and 3000-meter runs.

Their efforts led Morningside to a fifth place finish in the women’s team standings and a sixth place finish in the men’s standings.

Cooperwood broke her own meet record in the 200-meters, where her winning time of 24.75 seconds topped her winning time of 24.86 from a year ago. Cooperwood clocked wining times of 7.75 seconds in the 60-meters and 56.32 in the 400-meters and had a winning distance of 18-6 in the long jump.

Jay Welp

Welp had winning times of 2:30.62 in the 1000-meters, 4:20.11 in the mile, and 8:49.17 in the 3000-meters.

Mark Abrams, a junior from Glenwood, Iowa, had a pair of top finishes for the Mustang men, including a runner-up effort in the 5000-meters with a time of 15:28.56. He finished fifth in the 3000-meters with a time of 8:49.17.

Morningside had a second place finish in the women’s 3200-meter relay, where Tiffany Shepherd, a sophomore from Corning, Iowa; Michelle Mumm, a freshman from Neola, Iowa; Taylor Hudson, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa; and Shelby Hall, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, combined for a time of 9:34.28.

The Mustangs had third place finishes in the men’s competition from Jacob Green, a freshman from Sioux Falls, S.D., with a time of 1:58.38 in the 800-meters;

Dan Larscheid, a senior from Bondurant, Iowa, with a time of 15:40.01 in the 5000-meters; and Shaun Ryan, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, with a distance of 22-5 in the long jump.

Eleka Joseph, a freshman from Saint John’s, Antigua, placed in two events for the Mustang women with a fourth place time of 7.96 in the 60-meters and a sixth place time of 26.48 in the 200-meters.

Eric Koithan, a senior from Mapleton, Iowa, placed fourth in the men’s 1000-meters with a time of 2:33.76.

Kyle Hiser, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, placed fifth in the men’s 600-meters with a time of 1:23.45.

Shepherd placed sixth in the women’s 3000-meters with a time of 10:42.04.

The Mustangs had seventh place finishes from Tori Figge, a sophomore from Rock Rapids, Iowa, with a time of 2:20.62 in the women’s 800-meters, and A.J. Janssen, a freshman from Crofton, Neb., with a time of 4:28.36 in the men’s mile.

Morningside’s eighth place finishers were Jacob Willey, a junior from Onawa, Iowa, with a time of 1:24.40 in the men’s 600-meters; Ashton Schweers, a freshman from Wayne, Neb., with a height of 4-11 in the women’s high jump; and Mumm with a time of 3:09.75 in the women’s 1000-meters.

The Mustangs placed fifth in the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:03.23, sixth in the men’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 7:59.54, and seventh in the men’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:29.19.