Morningside edged Dordt by one point for the women’s team championship at the Buena Vista Dennis Young Classic indoor track & field meet.

Elizabeth Bohlmann

Tiffany Shepherd

Morningside College athletes won four events en route to the women’s team championship in a tight race with Dordt College at Saturday’s Buena Vista University Dennis Young Classic indoor track & field meet in Storm Lake, Iowa.

The Mustangs scored 144 points to edge runner-up Dordt by one point to reign over a six-team field.

Morningside scored 104 points to finish third in a seven-team men’s field.

The Mustangs won five events, including four in the women’s competition. The Mustangs’ individual victors were Eleka Joseph, a sophomore from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 26.58 seconds in the women’s 200-meters; Tiffany Shepherd, a junior from Corning, Iowa, with a time of 10:42.77 in the women’s 3000-meters; Elizabeth Bohlmann, a sophomore from Sioux City, with a distance of 18- 1/2 in the women’s long jump; Elizabeth Maller, a freshman from Gillette, Wyo., with a distance of 42-5 1/2 in the women’s shot put; and Jacob Green, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D., with a time of 2:32.75 in the men’s 1000-meters.

Elizabeth Maller

Jacob Green

Aside from her win in the 200-meters, Joseph was also the runner-up in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.95 seconds. Shepherd also had a second place finish to compliment her triumph in the 3000-meters with a time of 3:12.79 in the women’s 1000-meters. The Mustangs’ also had seconds place finishes from Megan Anderson, a sophomore from Woodbine, Iowa, with a distance of 48-7 1/2 in the women’s shot put; Allison Higgins, a sophomore from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 11:11.63 in the women’s 3000-meters; Jason Kenny, a sophomore from Schaller, Iowa, with a time of 4:37.16 in the men’s mile; Alex Janssen, a sophomore from Crofton, Neb., with a time of 8:56.68 in the men’s 3000-meters; and Devin Thomas, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 21-11 1/2 in the men’s long jump.

Morningside had third place finishes from Kyle Hiser, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 1:58.13 in the men’s 800-meters; Reece Jackson, a freshman from Marcus, Iowa, with a time of 8.83 in the men’s 60-yard hurdles and a height of 6- 3/4 in the men’s high jump; and Aurora Arevalo, a freshman from Lenox, Iowa, with a time of 27.02 in the women’s 200-meters.

The Mustangs’ fourth place finishers were Arevalo with a time of 8.10 in the women’s 60-meters; Shelby Hall, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a time of 1:42.04 in the women’s 600-meters; Michelle Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, with a time of 5:28.40 in the women’s mile; Anderson with a distance of 38-8 1/4 in the women’s weight throw; Jacob Willey, a senior from Onawa, Iowa, with a time of 51.12 in the men’s 400-meters; Drew Schiltz, a junior from Hinton, Iowa, with a time of 2:39.11 in the men’s 1000-meters; and Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, with a time of 4:37.86 in the men’s mile.

Morningside had fifth place finishes from Alec DeVries, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa, with a time of 2:39.54 in the men’s 1000-meters; Sean Skillern, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 9:15.95 in the men’s 3000-meters; Bohlmann with a time of 8.26 in the women’s 60-meters; Payton Boer, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa, with a time of 1:43.82 in the women’s 600-meters; and Taylor Woods, a senior from Cherokee, Iowa, with a distance of 37-4 in the women’s shot put.

Morningside finished second in both the men’s and women’s 800-meter relays. The men’s team of James Farnan, a sophomore from Bellevue, Neb.; Michael Whitehead, a junior from Le Mars, Iowa; Alex Watkins, a freshman from Sioux City; and Thomas combined for a time of 1:34.07. The women’s team of Arevalo, Courtney Scheffler, a freshman from Harlan, Iowa; Taylor Hudson, a junior from Lenox, Iowa; and Joseph combined for a time of 1:49.16.

Morningside also finished second in the women’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:32.23 from the quartet of Tori Figge, a junior from Rock Rapids, Iowa; Morgan Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb.; Hall, and Mumm.

Morningside will compete in the Buena Vista Invitational on Friday, Feb. 6.