Mustangs crown four champions
Morningside athletes swept the 800 and 1000-meter runs at the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships held Feb. 17 in Hastings, Neb.
The Mustangs’ most impressive triumph came from Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, who set a new meet record with a victorious time of 2:56.97 in the women’s 1000-meters. Aside from her victory in the 1000-meters, Mumm was also the runner-up in the mile with a time of 5:05.02.
Morningside also had the winner in the men’s 1000-meters, where Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, won with a time of 2:30.62.
The Mustangs also swept the 800-meters, where Payton Boer, a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa, reigned in the women’s race with a time of 2:17.22 and Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., captured the men’s title in 1:55.41.
Boer also placed third in the 3000-meters with a time of 10:41.01.
Morningside finished fourth in the women’s team scoring with 85 points and sixth in the men’s team scoring with 62 points.
Reece Jackson, a junior from Marcus, Iowa, had a pair of high finishes for the Mustang men. Jackson was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.24 seconds and cleared 6-6 for a fourth place finish in the high jump.
Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua, was one of the top performers for the Mustang women. Joseph finished third in both the 60 and 400-meter sprints with times of 7.87 and 1:00.25, respectively, and ran sixth in the 200-meters with a time of 25.40.
Perman Wilson, a senior from Lakeland, Fla., finished third in the men’s 60-meters with a time of 6.98 to compliment an eighth place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 22.97.
Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa, and Aurora Arevalo, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, each placed in two events. Higgins finished fourth in the women’s 5000-meters with a time of 19:20.36 and eighth in the 3000-meters with a time of 1:05.20. Arevalo scored 3069 points for a sixth place finish in the women’s pentathlon and finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.87.
Alexandra George, a sophomore from Seward, Neb., finished third in the women’s 5000-meters with a time of 19:14.94.
The Mustangs had fourth place finishes from Lindsey Flammang, a freshman from Lawton, Iowa, with a time of 7.99 in the women’s 60-meters, and Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa, with a time of 1:22.38 in the men’s 600-meters.
Jacobus Noble, a sophomore from Sioux City, finished fifth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.59.
The Mustangs had seventh place finishes from Rose Pelelo-Ray, a junior from Merrill, Iowa, with a time of 1:42.46 in the women’s 600-meters; Cassie Warner, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a time of 11:01.81 in the women’s 3000-meters; and Dominic Flemister, a sophomore from Sioux City, with a time of 51.48 in the men’s 400-meters.
The Mustangs had eighth place finishes from Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 1:25.58 in the men’s 600-meters; Dylan Lindstrom, a freshman from Hickman, Neb., with a time of 2:40.91 in the men’s 1000-meters; Alex Janssen, a senior from Crofton, Neb., with a time of 9:06.66 in the men’s 3000-meters; and Natalie Lambert, a sophomore from Paton, Iowa, with a time of 2:27.69 in the women’s 800-meters.
Morningside’s best relay finish came in the women’s 3200-meter event, where Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; Clare Kortlever, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Lambert and Warner combined for a third place time of 9:48.49.
The Mustangs finished fifth in the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:16.07 from the quartet of Arevalo, Mumm, Morgan Todd, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; and Pelelo-Ray.
Flemister, Green, Ambrose and James Farnan, a senior from Bellevue, Nebraska, combined for a fifth place time of 3:24.85 in the men’s 1600-meter relay. The Mustangs also finished fifth in the men’s 3200-meter relay, where Lindstrom, Michael Rizzi, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo.; Justin Flowers, a freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Connor Ritz, a freshman from Sioux City, combined for a time of 8:26.19.