Warrior Indoor T&F Begin 2020 Slate; Kucera Sets School Record

CRETE, Neb. – Midland University opened up their 2020 indoor track and field schedule at the Ward Haylett Invitational on Saturday. The event, hosted by Doane University, had several area college teams competing in Crete, Nebraska. There were teams from the NJCAA (Iowa Western), NAIA (Doane, Hastings, Midland, Mount Marty, and William Penn) and NCAA (Wayne State).

In just their second indoor meet of the season, the Warriors had several standout performances and had a handful of athletes reach the qualifying standard for the NAIA National Championships.

Dylan Kucera reached the NAIA ‘A’ Standard in the men’s weight throw and the shot put. He placed 4th in the weight event and was first in the shot put with identical distances of 56’ 8”. His mark in the shot set a new Midland school record.

Teammate Seth Sabata reached the ‘A’ standard in the shot put and weight throw as well. He placed 2nd in the shot put (54’ 3.25”) and was 3rd in the weight throw (60’ 8”). This will be his fourth trip to the indoor national championship meet.

Ross McMahon also punched his first-ever ticket for nationals with a great day in the men’s high jump. He cleared 6’ 8.25” and placed second in his first collegiate indoor meet.

“This was one of the best season opening meets we’ve had during my time at Midland,” stated head coach Daniel Gerber. “There were a lot of strong performances in all event areas. It was an incredibly well-rounded performance by our team. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do next week in Lincoln.”

Cienna Womack had a great opening meet as well. She placed 3rd in the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 9.45, was 4th in the triple jump (33’ 0.25”) and 6th in the long jump (16’ 8”).

Other Warriors with top times and marks were:

  • Vivian Sanchez – 3rd – women’s mile – 5:53.55
  • Kylee Edmonds – 6th – women’s 60m – 8.26
  • Morgan Teten – 4th – women’s 800m – 2:56.15
  • Kylee Edmonds – 6th – women’s pole vault – 10’ 2.75”
  • Adrien Patigny – 7th – men’s 60m – 7.17
  • Jonathan Quintanilla – 5th – men’s 400m – 52.42
  • Daniel Olson – 6th – men’s mile – 4:40.86

Midland will be back in action this weekend as they make the short drive to Lincoln for the Graduate Classic on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18.