Morningside athletes won three events at the GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Morningside College had three individual champions at the 2017 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships held Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Michelle Mumm, a junior from Neola, Iowa, won the women’s mile run with a time of 5:05.12 and was the runner-up in the 1000-meters with a time of 3:02.86.
Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., won the men’s 1000-meters with a time of 2:31.25 and Perman Wilson, a junior from Lakeland, Fla., was the men’s 55-meter champion with a time of 6.46 seconds. Wilson added a sixth place time of 23.02 seconds in the 200-meters.
Morningside finished fourth in the men’s conference standings and fifth in the women’s standings.
Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s, Antigua, was one of the most productive performers for the Mustang women. Joseph’s best finish came in the 55-meters, where she was the runner-up with a time of 7.27 seconds. She finished fourth in the 400-meters with a time of 1:00.84 and fifth in the 200-meters with a time of 26.11 seconds.
The Mustang women also had runner-up finishes from Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa, with a time of 10:37.93 in the 3000-meters and from Allison Higgins, a junior from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 18:43.09 in the 5000-meters. Shepherd also finished fourth in the mile with a time of 5:09.38 and Higgins was sixth in the 3000-meters with a time of 10:51.16.
Alex Janssen, a junior from Crofton, Neb., was the runner-up in the men’s 3000-meters with a time of 8:48.23.
Reece Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, placed fourth in the men’s 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.78 seconds and fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-3 1/4.
Alec DeVries, a junior from Merrill, Iowa, also placed in two events for the Mustang men with a fifth place time of 4:28.38 in the mile and a seventh place time of 9:07.41 in the 3000-meters.
Elizabeth Bohlmann, a junior from Sioux City, finished fourth in the women’s long jump with a distance of 17-2 3/4; Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was fourth in the men’s 55-meters with a time of 6.54 seconds; and Jason Kenny, a junior from Schaller, Iowa, finished fourth in the men’s 1000-meters with a time of 2:34.07.
The Mustangs had fifth place finishes from Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb., with a distance of 21-6 3/4 in the men’s long jump and Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa, with a time of 2:22.55 in the women’s 800-meters.
Natalie Lambert, a freshman from Paton, Iowa, was sixth in the women’s 800-meters with a time of 2:25.83; Alexandra George, a freshman from Seward, Neb., was sixth in the women’s 5000-meters with a time of 19:16.99; and Kyle Hiser, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, was sixth in the men’s 800-meters with a time of 1:57.74.
Sean Skillern, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, finished seventh in the men’s 5000-meters with a time of 15:57.19 and Rose Pelelo-Ray, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa, finished seventh in the women’s 600-meters with a time of 1:40.66.
The Mustangs had eighth place finishes from Cassie Warner, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a time of 2:29.31 in the women’s 800-meters; Megan Maaske, a sophomore from Woodbine, Iowa, with a time of 3:09.38 in the women’s 1000-meters; and Quinn Groff, a senior from Sheldon, Iowa, with a time of 4:38.66 in the men’s mile.
Morningside finished fourth in the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:05.17 from Danielle Beckmann, a sophomore from Yankton, S.D.; Mumm, Aurora Arevalo, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa, and Pelelo-Ray. The Mustangs also finished fourth in the women’s 3200-meter relay, where Lambert, Clare Kortlever, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa; Maaske and Warner combined for a time of 9:52.76.
The Mustangs’ best showing in a men’s relay came in the 3200-meter event, where Keegan Pfau, a sophomore from Perry, Iowa; Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa; Jackson Rude, a freshman from Grimes, Iowa, and Kenny combined for a fourth place time of 7:59.99.
Morningside finished fifth in the men’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:29.27 from the quartet of Logan Roberts, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa; James Farnan, a junior from Bellevue, Neb., Hiser and Green.