NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships Preview

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will host the 2020 Indoor Track and Field Championships this week in Brookings, South Dakota. Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) member Dakota Wesleyan University will serve as the host school for the event, which will be held at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Midland University will send a group of five athletes to compete in six events at the 55th annual indoor championship event, which officially runs from Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7.

The first Warriors to partake in an event with be senior Seth Sabata and sophomore Dylan Kucera, who will both compete for the top spot in the men’s Weight Throw on Friday. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. with finals afterward. Both enter the Weight Throw as two of the top competitors as they rank top five (Sabata – 2nd; Kucera – 5th) in the 33-man field.

Both Warrior men will also compete in the men’s Shot Put on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The two will again be among the favorites to medal as they rank top three out of 26 competitors. Kucera ranks second while Sabata ranks 3rd in the Shot Put.

Freshman Ross McMahon is slated to compete in the men’s High Jump on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. McMahon ranks in a tie for 19th in the field of 33 competitors.

Freshman Kylee Edmonds, the lone Warrior woman competing in the event, will participate in the women’s Pole Vault on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Edmonds is ranked in a tie for 23rd in the field of 26 competitors. Finals for the event will take place immediately following prelims.

The final competing Warrior is freshman distance runner Jose Gonzales, who will take on the men’s 1000-Meter Run prelims on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The event finals will take place on Friday at 2:35 p.m. Gonzalez ranks 8th in a field of nine runners entering the event.