Warriors Compete at Prairie Wolf Invite; Kucera Wins Shot Put

LINCOLN, Neb. – Midland University’s track and field teams got back to action on Friday at the annual Prairie Wolf Invitational. The indoor meet held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, saw 15 teams from all levels of collegiate track and field, including the Warriors.

Dylan Kucera had a strong day in the field picking up a win in the men’s shot put and a runner-up placing in the weight throw. He had a best throw of 55’ 9.25 in the shot put and a mark of 58’ 0.5” in the weight. His weight throw was a new personal best.

Fellow thrower Seth Sabata also had a solid day as he was third in the shot put with a best of 52’ 0.5”.

Adrien Patigny qualified second in the men’s 60 meter and then placed fourth with a time of 7.145. The separation between third, fourth, and fifth in the race was a mere 0.007 seconds.

Vivian Sanchez placed fifth in the women’s 600m run. She turned in a time of 1:44.31 in the third heat of the race.

Alex France ran a personal best in the men’s 5000m run. He was the top NAIA runner in the event with a time of 16:28.08.

Cienna Womack qualified for the finals in the women’s 60m hurdles and placed third in the event. She ran a 9.35 which ranks her third all-time in school history. She also placed third in the long jump with a jump of 16’ 5.25”.

In the men’s long jump Jordan Buhr had the best NAIA mark, placing fifth with a jump of 20’ 5.75”.

“We didn’t really seem to miss a beat despite not running last week,” said head coach Daniel Gerber. “Even in a heavier week, we still had a lot of good performances. It was good to get back to action.”

The Warriors will be back in action next weekend as they head north for the Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell, South Dakota. This meet on Saturday, February 1 will be the first time for Midland to compete on the surface of this year’s Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships.