MITCHELL, S.D. – Midland University had a strong showing by their women’s and men’s track and field teams at the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday. The Warriors were led by five event wins and 19 total marks in the top five on the day.
On the women’s side, Vivian Sanchez won the 800m race with a time of 2:33.29. Kylee Edmonds was 3rd in the pole vault, clearing 10’ 6”. In throwing, Avery Blahauvietz had a 3rd place finish in the weight throw (50’ 0.5”) and was 4th in the shot put (38’ 8.25”).
Cienna Womack also had a pair of top-five placing. She was 3rd in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.36 and was 5th in the triple jump with a best of 33’ 11”.
Over on the men’s side, Dylan Kucera and Seth Sabata had solid days in both the weight throw and shot put. Kucera won the shot put with a best of 55’ 4.5” and was 3rd in the weight throw with a toss of 56’ 9.5”. Sabata was the runner-up in both events with a toss of 56’ 11.75” in the weight event and a mark of 52’ in the shot put.
Continuing in the field events, Tyler Forbes picked up the win in the pole vault. He was able to best the field of nine by clearing 14’ 11.25”.
Adrien Patigny found success in the field and on the track. He was 3rd in the long jump with a leap of 21’ 5” and was 4th in the 60m sprint with a time of 7.10.
Joining him with success on the track was Lucas Weyrich, who placed 2nd in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.42.
Midland won a pair of distance races as Daniel Oslon won the 1000m with a time of 2:40.01 and CJ Martinez won the 3000m race with at time of 9:21.20. Alex France was 3rd in the 3000m race with a time of 9:45.15 while Jose Gonzales was 3rd in the mile with a time of 4:43.01.
The Warriors also joined forces in the 1600m relay as Jonathan Quintanilla, Weyrich, Patigny, and Ross McMahon earned a 3rd place finish with a time of 3:33.50
“It was really good to be able to preview the facility where the GPAC Championships will be in a couple of weeks,” commented head coach Daniel Gerber. “We had not previously been to a meet there, but it seemed like the athletes enjoyed the facility. We had a lot of very good performances and high placing finishers. We will be looking to repeat that when we come back.”
Midland will head back to South Dakota next weekend as they travel to Vermillion for the Dakota Realty Alumni Track & Field Meet hosted by South Dakota State University. The meet will begin on Friday, February 7 with multi-events and conclude on Saturday, February 8 the other events and races.