The Mustang women claimed the team title at the Buena Vista Invitational indoor track & field meet.
Morningside College’s women’s track & field team won five events and scored 130 points to reign over a 10-team field at Saturday’s Buena Vista University Invitational indoor meet in Storm Lake, Iowa.
The Mustangs, who edged runner-up Dordt College by eight points for the team title, captured a team championship in Storm Lake for the second week in a row after they took team honors at last Saturday’s Buena Vista Dennis Young Invitational.
The Morningside men also made a strong showing at the Buena Vista Invitational. They won three events and scored 90 points to finish as the runner-up behind Northwestern College’s 153 points in a 10-team field.
Morningside’s big winner was Eleka Joseph, a sophomore from Saint John’s, Antigua, who doubled in the women’s sprints with first place times of 7.86 seconds in the 60-meters and 26.30 seconds in the 200-meters.
The Mustangs’ Allison Higgins, a sophomore from Jefferson, Iowa, won the women’s 5000-meters and broke the meet record in the process with a time of 19:12.26.
The other two triumphs for the Morningside women came in the field events, where Elizabeth Bohlmann, a sophomore from Sioux City, won the long jump with a distance of 17-5 1/4 and Elizabeth Maller, a freshman from Gillette, Wyo., won the shot put with a distance of 42-8. Maller also finished fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 45-1 3/4.
The Mustang men scored victories in the individual running and field events and in the 1600-meter relay, where Jacob Green, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Kyle Hiser, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa; Jacob Willey, a senior from Onawa, Iowa; and Drew Schiltz, a junior from Hinton, Iowa, combined for a winning time of 3:24.87.
Devin Thomas, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, finished first in the long jump with a distance of 21-0, while Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, and Alex Janssen, a sophomore from Crofton, Neb., combined to give the Mustangs a one-two finish in the 5000-meters. Abrams won the 5000-meters with a time of 15:47.84, followed by Janssen in 15:58.31.
The Mustangs dominated the 800-meters in both genders. In the women’s race, Tiffany Shepherd, a junior from Corning, Iowa, finished second with a time of 2:20.02; Tori Figge, a junior from Rock Rapids, Iowa, finished third in 2:21.39; Shelby Hall, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa, finished fourth in 2:22.41; and Morgan Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., finished fifth in 2:24.86. Green was the runner-up in the men’s 800-meters with a time of 1:55.12, followed by Hiser in third place with a time of 1:55.88, Willey in fourth place with a time of 1:56.87, and Schiltz in fifth place with a time of 1:57.97.
Morningside had three other runner-up finishes, including a second place time of 3:04.41 in the women’s 1000-meters by Michelle Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, whose time broke the existing meet record. Katie Atkins, a junior from Pierce, Neb., finished second in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.62 seconds and Reece Jackson, a freshman from Marcus, Iowa, cleared 6-2 to finish second in the men’s high jump. Jackson also placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.95 seconds.
The Mustangs had third place finishes from Jason Kenny, a sophomore from Schaller, Iowa, with a time of 2:33.72 in the men’s 1000-meters, and Danielle Beckmann, a freshman from Yankton, S.D., with a time of 1:01.48 in the women’s 400-meters.
Morningside finished third in the women’s 1600-meter relay, where Beckmann, Figge, Mumm, and Hall combined for a time of 4:08.44.
Megan Maaske, a freshman from Woodbine, Iowa, finished fourth in the women’s 1000-meters with a time of 3:13.40, and Gabe Kendall, a freshman from La Vista, Neb., finished fourth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.88 seconds.
Meagan Anderson, a sophomore from Woodbine, Iowa, finished fifth in the women’s shot put with a distance of 38-5; Aurora Arevalo, a freshman from Lenox, Iowa, finished fifth in the women’s 60-meters with a time of 8.20 seconds; and Payton Boer, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa, finished fifth in the women’s 600-meters with a time of 1:41.13.
Michael Whitehead, a junior from Le Mars, Iowa, finished sixth in the men’s 200-meters with a time of 23.40 seconds.
Sean Skillern, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa, finished seventh in the men’s mile with a time of 4:32.86 and eighth in the 1000-meters with a time of 2:45.55.
The Mustangs scored eighth place points from Alec DeVries, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa, with a time of 4:32.88 in the men’s mile; Mariah Wills, a junior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, with a time of 5:51.07 in the women’s mile; and Kati Kneifl, a freshman from Sheldon, Iowa, with a distance of 15-6 3/4 in the women’s long jump.