Warriors Compete at GPAC Indoors; Kucera Breaks School-Record

SEWARD, Neb. – There were several outstanding performance on Saturday by Midland University athletes at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Warriors placed 9th as a men’s team and were 12th on the women’s side. Doane College won the men’s title for the fifth consecutive year while Concordia University won the women’s title, breaking a streak of eight titles for Doane.

Dylan Kucera and Nathan Houser led the way the Midland men. Kucera placed 2nd in the shot put and set a new school-record with his mark of 56’ 2.5”. Houser was 2nd in the men’s weight throw with a best toss of 65’ 7.75”.

Joining each of them individually on the medal stand was Reid Kirlin who placed in both events. He placed 8th in the shot put with a toss of 48’ 1.25” and was 4th in the weight throw with a mark of 58’ 8.75”.

Midland’s next best finish was 4th place in the men’s pole vault by Chase Andresen. He cleared a height of 15’ 1” which tied him with two others in the event.

On the track Lucas Weyrich and CJ Martinez both placed for the Warriors. Weyrich was 6th in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.56 seconds. He qualified third with a time of 8.33. That mark moves him into fourth all-time at Midland. Martinez finished 7th in the men’s 5000m with a time of 16:09.67.

On the women’s side, Vivian Sanchez was the lone Lady Warrior to place, earning 5th place in the women’s 1000m. She finished with a time of 3:09.99.

Next up for Midland will be the NAIA Indoor National Championships in a couple of weeks. The three-day meet will begin on Thursday, February 28 in Brookings, South Dakota at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.