Perman Wilson won the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships to become the Mustangs’ first male multiple event champion since Mark Abrams in 2014.
Perman Wilson, a junior from Lakeland, Fla., became the Mustangs’ first male athlete to win two events at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships since 2014 when he triumphed in the 100 and 200-meter sprints at Saturday’s conference meet in Fremont, Neb.
Wilson became the Mustangs’ first male multiple event champion since Mark Abrams doubled in the 5000 and 10,000-meters in 2014.
Wilson reigned in the 100-meters with a time of 10.92 seconds and ran a winning time of 21.952 seconds in the 200-meters to edge Midland University’s Travis Phillips (21.957) in the closest race of the meet.
Aside from his sprint double, Wilson also helped lead the Mustangs to a victory in the 400-meter relay, where he ran the leadoff leg followed by Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb.; and Logan Roberts, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa. They combined for a winning time of 41.52 seconds.
Nordeen also scored points for the Mustangs with sixth place times of 11.10 seconds in the 100-meters and 22.39 seconds in the 200-meters, while Griffin placed seventh in the 100-meters with a time of 11.14 seconds.
Morningside’s dominance in the sprints led the Mustangs to a third place finish in the GPAC men’s standings with 124.5 points for its highest finish since a similar third place effort in 2014. The Mustangs finished sixth in the women’s team standings with 84 points to finish only 2.5 points out of fifth place behind Northwestern College (86.5).
Aside from their three victories in the sprints, the Mustangs added a fourth first place finish in Saturday’s men’s competition when Sean Skillern, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:48.08.
Michelle Mumm, a junior from Neola, Iowa, won the 1500-meters with a time of 4:38.51 for the top Saturday finish for the Morningside women’s team. Mumm complimented her victory with an eighth place time of 2:19.89 in the 800-meters.
The 3000-meter steeplechase was a productive event for the Mustang women with three of the top five finishers. Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa, led the way with a second place time of 11:27.51, followed by Allison Higgins, a junior from Jefferson, Iowa, in third place with a time of 11:37.34 and Natalie Lambert, a freshman from Paton, Iowa, in fifth place with a time of 11:50.84.
Boer also placed in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a sixth place time of 1:06.61.
Reece Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, finished second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.66 seconds and placed fourth in the high jump with a height of 6-4 1/4.
Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., had one of the Mustangs’ top individual finishes as the runner-up in the men’s 800-meters with a time of 1:53.64.
Morningside finished second in the men’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:21.7 from Roberts, Kyle Hiser, Green and Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa.
The Mustangs also finished second in the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:54.67 from the quartet of Joseph, Mumm, Boer and Rose Pelelo-Ray, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa.
Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, finished third in the men’s 5000-meters with a time of 15:29.50 to compliment his Friday victory in the 10,000-meters.
Aurora Arevalo, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa, had a third place finish in the women’s heptathlon with 4412 points.
Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa, finished fourth in the women’s 1500-meters with a time of 4:50.80 and added an eighth place time of 19:15.07 in the 5000-meters.
Jacobus Noble, a freshman from Sioux City, placed fourth in a pair of events for the Morningside men with times of 15.13 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and 55.09 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Mustangs also had fourth place finishes from Schiltz with a time of 1:53.72 in the men’s 800-meters and Alex Janssen, a junior from Crofton, Neb., with a time of 15:29.80 in the men’s 5000-meters.
Morningside had fifth place individual finishes from Jon Dahlheimer, a freshman from Carter Lake, Iowa, with a time of 10:00.08 in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase and from Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 12.55 seconds in the women’s 100-meters. Joseph also ran the seventh place time of 25.59 in the 200-meters.
Chase Hiser, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa, placed sixth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.62 seconds.
Morningside had seventh place finishes from Jaden Lux, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, with a time of 10:09.51 in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase; Kyle Hiser with a time of 55.92 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles; and Cassie Warner, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a time of 4:54.01 in the women’s 1500-meters.
The Mustangs had eighth place finishes from Colton Tracy, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 149-0 in the men’s discus and Alec DeVries, a junior from Merrill, Iowa, with a time of 15:56.89 in the men’s 5000-meters.
Morningside finished fifth in the women’s 400-meter relay, where Joseph, Arevalo, Elizabeth Bohlmann, a junior from Sioux City, and Megan Ellerbeck, a freshman from Schleswig, Iowa, combined for a time of 49.54.