KEARNEY, Neb. – Midland University sent a handful of indoor track and field athletes to University of Nebraska-Kearney to compete in the Charlie Foster Pre-Holiday Classic over the weekend. The event, which originally was scheduled for two days, took place on Saturday inside Cushing Coliseum.
Midland’s throwers performed very well as the meet with four top six finishes and one athlete adding to the list of national qualifiers. Dylan Kucera, who has already reached the ‘B’ standard in the weight throw, took 5th place the men’s shot put with a throw of 50’ 3.25” which surpasses the NAIA ‘B’ Standard in the event. He also moves into 10th on the Midland Indoor Top 10 list. Teammate Reid Kirlin was 7th in the event with an effort of 47’ 10”.
Nathan Houser placed 2nd in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 62’ 3.25”, a new season-best. Kirlin was 3rd in the event with a toss of 58’ 3.75”, also a new season-best. Kucera was 7th with a best throw of 51’ 4.25”.
On the women’s side Avery Blahauvietz placed 6th in the women’s weight throw with a new personal-best of 50’ 4.5”. She is now 4th all-time in school history in the event.
In the women’s shot put Jerogi Kalisek finished 11th with a throw of 35’ 5.75”.
On the track Matti Barnts had a time of 8.55 in the women’s 60m prelims, 9th best, and a time of 29.19 in the women’s 200m finals for 8th place.
Rounding out the women’s results was Victoria Leffler who placed 5th in the women’s high jump clearing 4’ 11.75”. She also placed 6th in the long jump with a jump of 16’ 2.5”.
“The throwers had a really good competition,” stated head coach Daniel Gerber. “I was very impressed in particular with the series that Avery had in the weight and Dylan had in the shot put. All four of Avery’s marked throws were a personal best by a meter and Dylan had a pair of throws over the B standard.”
Midland will take some time off now and won’t compete again until after the New Year. Their next meet is the Graduate Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska beginning on Friday, January, 11th.