Warriors Show Speed, Muscle at Dakota Realty Meet

VERMILLION, S.D. – Midland University’s track and field teams took their talents to South Dakota over the weekend and competed against athletes from nearly a dozen schools and multiple athletic divisions.

In total, the Warriors found the top 10 of the leaderboards in nine different events. Midland found success in seemingly every category, including sprint and distance races, jumps and vaults, and throws.

Sophomore thrower Dylan Kucera was the only Warrior to win an event over the weekend as he took first place in the men’s Shot Put thanks to a long toss of 17.39 meters. Senior Seth Sabata was not far behind as he placed fourth in the event with a long toss of 16.82 meters.

Three Warriors also found themselves in the top five of their respective events. Freshman Ross McMahon took fifth place in the High Jump with a leap of 1.92 meters. McMahon was right in the midst of the close competition as his jump was less than 0.3 meters shy of Zack Anderson’s (South Dakota) winning jump of 2.20 meters.

Sophomore Tyler Forbes placed fifth in the men’s Pole Vault with a 4.46 meter final, while freshman Adrien Patigny was fifth in the 60 Meter Dash with a time of 7.09. Patigny also placed 10th in the 200 Meter Dash (22.9 seconds).

Other Warriors who found success included senior Jonathan Quintanilla and freshman Jose Gonzales. Quintanilla finished sixth in the 600 Meter Run and was just two seconds off the lead with a time of 1:27.27. Gonzales was seventh in the 1000 Meter Run (2:43.00) and just missed the top 10 in the 1 Mile Run as he came home 11th (4:36.80).

Sophomore Cienna Womack also found herself in the top 10 with an eighth place finish in the women’s Triple Jump with a final mark of 10.54 meters. She also placed 10th in the 60 Meter Hurdles, narrowly missing the finals cut by just 0.3 seconds.

“We went up to South Dakota and competed in the biggest meet they have hosted since they went NCAA Division I. It was a good test for us to be able to compete against a number of NCAA DI and NCAA DII schools,” commented head coach Daniel Gerber. “We also sent a couple of runners to Northwest Missouri State to run this weekend as well.”

CJ Martinez won his section, finishing 11th and his 15:38.64. Paige Thelen had a season best with a time of 21:04.20.

Midland continued its streak of impressive showings and still has one more opportunity to get ready for the GPAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 21-22. First, the Warriors will compete this Friday, Feb. 14, at the Concordia Indoor Invitational in Seward, Nebraska.