Neeia Cooperwood was the Female Athlete of the Meet at the GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Neeia Cooperwood

Neeia Cooperwood, a senior from Omaha, Neb., was named the Female Athlete of the Meet at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Cooperwood won four events during Saturday’s action, including record breaking performances in two of them.

Cooperwood broke the meet record in the 200-meters with a time of 23.85 seconds to break the former GPAC standard of 24l.14 set by Carol Bailey of Concordia in 1990. Cooperwood, who finished almost a full second ahead of the next closest competitor, also broke her own school record, topping a 24.02 she ran last season.

Cooperwood also broke her own school record in the 400-meters, where she triumphed with a time of 54.89 to win by almost two seconds over runner-up Katie Krick of Nebraska Wesleyan, who was a distant second in 56.62. Cooperwood broke her previous school record of 55.06 she set earlier this season at the Sioux City Relays.

Cooperwood’s other two victories came in the 100-meters and the long jump. She blazed to a winning time of 11.98 in the 100-meters and had a winning distance of 19-3 in the long jump.

Andrew Christen

The Mustangs had a second place winner in the long jump with a sixth place distance of 17-7 1/2 from Elizabeth Bohlmann, a freshman from Sioux City.

Morningside’s top individual finisher in Saturday’s men’s competition was Andrew Christen, a senior from Anselmo, Neb., who was the runner-up in the high jump with a height of 6-6.

The Mustangs had three of the top eight finishers in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Jacob Klein, a freshman from Fremont, Neb., led the way with the third place time of 10:00.53. Jacob Scott, a freshman from Rodney, Iowa, was fourth in 10:00.90; Jaden Lux, a sophomore from Cherokee, Iowa, was seventh in 10:13.21; and Quinn Groff, a sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa, was eighth in 10:20.04.

Morningside also had a third place finish from Mark Abrams, a junior from Glenwood, Iowa, with a time of 15:38.63 in the men’s 5000-meters. Jake Weber, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa, finished eighth in the event with a time of 15:54.68.

Shaun Ryan, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, placed fourth in the men’s long jump with a distance of 23-4 to finish five inches shy of the Morningside school record.

Michelle Mumm, a freshman from Neola, Iowa, gave the Mustangs a fifth place finish in the women’s 1500-meters with a time of 4:48.62.

Morningside had sixth place finishes from Briley Hannaford, a sophomore from Chadron, Neb., with a time of 18:07.58 in the women’s 5000-meters; Allison Higgins, a freshman from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 12:02.30 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase; Jay Welp, a senior from Marcus, Iowa, with a time of 1:55.77 in the men’s 800-meters; Eric Koithan, a senior from Mapleton, Iowa, with a time of 4:02.09 in the men’s 1500-meters; and Austin Langston, a freshman from Sioux City, with a distance of 150-9 in the men’s discus.

The Mustangs had seventh place finishes from Jacob Green, a freshman from Sioux Falls, S.D., with a time of 1:56.12 in the men’s 800-meters, and Katie Atkins, a sophomore from Pierce, Neb., with a time of 15.29 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

Morningside had eighth place finishes from Tiffany Shepherd, a sophomore from Corning, Iowa, with a time of 19:00.15 in the women’s 5000-meters, and Colton Tracy, a freshman from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 142-11 in the men’s discus.

Morningside placed sixth in both the women’s 400-meter and 1600-meter relays. The Mustangs 400-meter team of Bohlmann, Torri Figge, a sophomore from Rock Rapids, Iowa; Eleka Joseph, a freshman from Saint John’s, Antigua; and Cooperwood ran a time of 49.89 and their 1600-meter team of Taylor Hudson, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa; Figge, Mumm, and Shelby Hall, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, combined for a time of 4:06.79.

The Mustangs placed seventh in the men’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:27.30 from Green, Jacob Willey, a junior from Onawa, Iowa; Brad Wright, a senior from Mullen, Neb.; and Kyle Hiser, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa.

The Mustangs finished eighth in the men’s 400-meter relay with a time of 43.08 from Ryan, Michael Whitehead, a sophomore from Le Mars, Iowa; Hiser, and Eric Peters, a junior from Sioux City.

Morningside finished sixth in the men’s team standings seventh in the women’s team standings.