Morningside qualified for the finals in the men’s and women’s 3200-meter relays at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
Morningside qualified for Friday’s finals in both the men’s and women’s 3200-meter relays during Thursday’s preliminary heats at the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Mustangs’ men’s 3200-meter relay quartet of Jacob Green, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Kyle Hiser, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa; Drew Schiltz, a junior from Hinton, Iowa; and Jacob Willey, a senior from Onawa, Iowa; advanced to Friday’s final after they finished second in their heat with a time of 7:39.49 for the sixth fastest time among the finalists. The same four runners placed seventh in the 3200-meter relay at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships earlier this year.
Friends University, the NAIA 3200-meter relay National Champion in the indoor season, ran the fastest time in Thursday’s prelims with a time of 7:36.75.
Morningside’s women’s 3200-meter relay team of Shelby Hall, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa; Michelle Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa; Tiffany Shepherd, a junior from Corning, Iowa; and Morgan Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., finished second in their preliminary heat with a time of 9:10.40 to rank sixth among the qualifiers for Friday’s final.
Carroll College had the fastest time in the prelims with a 9:05.98, while Dordt College, the national leader during the regular season, ran the fourth fastest time with a 9:09.22.
Payton Boer, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa, competed in Thursday’s prelims of the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Boer finished sixth in her heat and 22nd overall with a time of 1:05.22 and did not advance to the finals.