Mustangs qualify for finals in five events
Five Morningside College athletes advanced from Friday’s prelims to qualify for Saturday’s finals at the 2018 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Pittsburg, Kan.
Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., won his preliminary heat to reach the final in the men’s 800-meters. Green won his heat with a time of 1:54.38 for the third fastest time among the finalists.
Isaac Clark of Friends University ran the fastest time in the prelims with a 1:52.95.
Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, advanced to the men’s 1000-meters final when he finished second in his heat and fifth overall with a time of 2:30.71. Kenny is a returning NAIA All-American in the event.
Luke Runyan of Indiana Tech ran the fastest qualifying time with a 2:30.43.
Payton Boer, a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa, advanced to the final in the women’s 800-meters after she finished third in her heat with the seventh fastest qualifying time of 2:16.90. Boer will also compete in Saturday’s women’s distance medley relay final.
Adri Sigafoose of Aquinas College leads the finalists with a time of 2:13.84.
Reece Jackson, a junior from Marcus, Iowa, advanced to the final in the men’s 60-meter high hurdles after he finished second in his heat with the seventh fastest qualifying time of 8.15 seconds to break the Mustangs’ school record. Jackson broke the former Morningside standard of 8.48 by Andy Dougherty in 2013.
Jonathan Flight of Hastings College ran the fastest time in the prelims with a 7.96.
Jackson also competed in Friday’s men’s high jump and finished 22nd with a height of 6-4.
Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, advanced to the final in the women’s 1000-meters. Mumm, a returning NAIA All-American in the event, finished third in her heat with the eighth fastest qualifying time of 2:58.18. Mumm will also run anchor for the Mustangs in Saturday’s women’s distance medley relay final.
Anna Shields of Point Park University leads the finalists with a time of 2:52.60.
Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua, competed in the women’s 60-meter dash prelims and finished 25th with a time of 7.90 seconds.
Joseph is also a member of the Morningside distance medley relay team that will compete in Saturday’s finals.
The NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships will continue through Saturday.