Warriors Earn Top Marks at Prairie Wolf Invite

LINCOLN, Neb. – Midland University track and field saw plenty of top ten placers at the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Thursday hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Warriors had 21 individuals finish in the top ten including four times or marks that rank in the top ten all-time at Midland.

On the women’s side, Avery Blahauvietz placed first in the hammer throw with a toss of 166’. The mark is the third furthest in program history and was an improvement of over ten feet for her. She reached the NAIA ‘A’ Standard with the throw which qualifies her for nationals next month.

“Avery’s performance was the highlight of the meet for us. She went from a non-qualifier in the hammer to a top-ten mark in nation,” head coach Mark Kostek commented. “It was a big day for her in getting the improvement of nearly four meters but it was also her first collegiate win.”

Vivian Sanchez and Kylee Smallfoot were fourth and seventh respectively in the 1500m race. Vivian had a time of 5:12.68 while Kylee finished with a time of 5:16.73.

Rachel Pavelka finished third in the 3000m steeplechase, her best time of the season. Victoria Leffler also had a season best with her jump of 16’ 6” in the long jump.

For the men the 4x100m relay team turned in a time of 43.34. They were the lone team in the race after two teams scratched their team before the start. That team was comprised of Farrakhan Muhammad, Jeremiah Harris, Alex Heuermann, and Travis Phillips Jr.

Individually Harris had a pair of performances that landed him in the program’s all-time top ten lists. He was fourth in the 100m with a time of 10.75, which is the second fastest in Midland history. He finished second in the 200m with a time of 22.29, tenth fastest all-time at Midland.

Joining him in the 200m race, and placing in the top ten, were Muhammad, Phillips Jr. and Jonathan Quintanilla who finished third, fourth and ninth. Muhammed had a time of 22.50, Phillips turned in a 22.57 and Quintanilla a 23.33.

Phillips was also in the 400m race and finished fourth with a time of 50.23.

Ty Hansen was the lone men’s distance runner to place in the top ten. He was ninth in the 1500m with a time of 4:13.30. Most of the distance runners stayed back in Fremont to train for the conference meet next week.

“The wind really hurt some of our times later in the day as our runners battled around the oval,” said Coach Kostek. “Travis was able to get his race in just before it kicked up. I was a little disappointed that our relay team didn’t have anyone to run against other than the clock. They did a good job of moving the stick around the track though.”

In the hurdles Midland had a trio of runners with top times. Seth Greenfield was seventh in the 110m high hurdles with a time of 16.54 while Anthony Goetz was ninth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.47 and Dylan Hill was tenth as 1:03.38

In the field events Muhammad placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 5.25”. Teammate Branden Mills was also in the event, coming in tenth with a jump of 19’ 0.25”.

Reid Kirlin had a nice day throwing as he placed fourth in the hammer throw and was sixth in the discus. He threw the hammer 169’ 1” and flung the discus 157’2”. His mark in the discus was a new personal best and is the eighth farthest mark in school history. Dylan Sohl was fourth in the javelin with a best mark of 102’9”.

“Reid had a nice day in the discus,” Coach Kostek said. “Overall it was a step in the right direction for team today. We had some nice improvements and everyone looks to be coming around just in time for the conference championships next week.”

This weekend Nathan Houser will compete in the men’s hammer throw at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. He is scheduled to throw at noon on Saturday.

The next team event will be the Great Plains Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. They will be held in Sioux City, Iowa on May 4-5 on the campus of Morningside College. Final entries, event times and seedings will be finalized early next week.