LINCOLN, Neb. – Midland University’s track and field teams took part in a pair of meets last week and are now in the final prep for the conference meet on May 3-4. The Warriors sent the majority of their men’s and women’s teams to the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Thursday and then a select few throwers from the men’s squad competed at the Drake Relays.
On Thursday, four Midland athletes placed in the top five of their respective events.
In the field events, Reid Kirlin won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 177’ 10” and was 3rd in the discus with a throw of 164’ 3”.
On the track Jonathan Quintanilla placed 4th in the men’s 200m with a time of 23:40 while Jericha Fox was 5th in the women’s 200m with a time of 27.30. Branden Mills placed 5th in the men’s 100m with a time of 11.58.
Lucas Weyrich, who had been battling illness, came back and ran the top qualifying time in the men’s 110m hurdles (15.23) before suffering a lower leg injury that kept him out of running in the finals.
At the Drake Relays the Warriors found the road a bit tougher going up against mainly NCAA Division I athletes. In the men’s shot put Seth Sabata and Dylan Kucera placed 22nd and 23rd respectively with throw of 51’ 10” and 51’ 0.75”.
In the hammer throw, Nathan Houser and Seth Sabata placed 16th and 17th respectively. Houser had a best throw of 189’ 10” while Sabata’s best was 186’ 9”.
The Warriors will look to showcase their talents this Friday and Saturday at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The meet will take play in Yankton, South Dakota at Williams Field. Mount Marty College is host of the meet. Events on Friday begin at 11:30 a.m. For a complete list of events, click here.