Pair of Warriors Earn GPAC Titles at Outdoor Championships

YANKTON, S.D. – Braska Patterson and Seth Sabata both earn individual titles while the women place 9th and the men 6th at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. It total the Warriors had 19 top eight finishes for all-conference honors.

After a pair of delays on day one of the meet, Braska Patterson won the women’s 10,000m race under the lights on a wet track. She finished with a time of 39:21.38, a new personal-best that moves her to #7 in Midland program history. Teammate Paige Thelen placed 8th in the race for the Warriors with a time of 41:14.20, earning the team an additional point towards the team standings.

Patterson also ran the women’s 5000m race on Saturday and despite the quicker than expected turnaround, she placed 5th overall with a time of 19:35.41.

Seth Sabata’s individual title came in the men’s shot put on Saturday. He had a best throw of 57’ 7” that not only won the event but also set a new Midland school-record. Dylan Kucera also found the medal stand in the event with a 6th place toss of 50’ 10”.

Those two were not done though as they each placed in an additional event.

Kucera placed 8th in the discus that featured a Warrior-heavy podium with two others joining him. Nathan Houser placed 2nd while Reid Kirlin finished 7th. Houser’s toss of 165’ 0” set a new Midland record, breaking his previous mark by over a foot. Kirlin’s best mark was 151’ 8” while Kucera’s was 144’ 4”.

Houser also placed 2nd in the men’s hammer throw, another event well represented by Midland. He was joined by Sabata and Kirlin among the top eight. Houser’s best throw of the day was 202’ 3”. Sabata’s best of 191’ 6” earned him 4th place while Kirlin’s best of 183’ 3” was good for 6th overall.

In the field events for the Midland women, Victoria Leffler became a three-time all-conference athlete with top eight performances in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Her best finish came in the long jump with a jump of 17’ 4.25”. She placed 8th in both of the other events, clearing 4’ 10.5” in the high jump and jumping 35’ 10” in the triple jump.

On the track for the men four runners earned all-conference honors. In the 100m, Jeremiah Harris placed 2nd with a time of 10.85. He was just .1 off of his personal best that ranks #2 in Midland history.

Lucas Weyrich, who had to scratch from his event last weekend due to injury, returned the 110m hurdles and placed 7th with a time of 15.50.

In the distance races it Cortland Cassidy placed 6th in the men’s 10,000m with a time of 33:22.82 while teammate CJ Martinez was 3rd with a time of 32:53.76. Martinez’s time moves him into the #5 spot all-time at Midland.

Martinez wasn’t done though as he also ran the 5000m race on Saturday, placing 6th with a time of 16:10.53.

As of today, Midland has nine different athletes qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships later this month. There is one more chance to gain more entries and improve marks heading into that meet for the Warriors as they compete once more in the Concordia Twilight Meet scheduled for Friday, May 10 in Seward, Nebraska.


2019 Midland Track & Field National Qualifiers (as of May 5)

  • –        Avery Blahauvietz (women’s hammer)
  • –        Cortland Cassidy (men’ marathon)
  • –        Alex France (men’s marathon)
  • –        Nathan Houser (men’s discus, men’s hammer)
  • –        Reid Kirlin (men’s shot put, men’s discus, men’s hammer)
  • –        Dylan Kucera (men’s shot put, men’s hammer)
  • –        CJ Martinez (men’s marathon)
  • –        Braska Patterson (women’s marathon)
  • –        Seth Sabata (men’s shot put, men’s hammer)