UNK Track: Loper Men 3rd, Women 7th after MIAA Day 2
Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney track & field teams are third (men) and seventh (women) after the second day of the 2014 MIAA Outdoor Championships in Jefferson City, Mo.
Through five men’s events, the Lopers have tallied 25 points to trail only Central Missouri (36) and Pittsburg State (35) in the 10-team race.
On the women’s side, six event finals have been held with UNK scoring 10 points to be in a three-way tie for seventh with Lincoln and Central Oklahoma. UCM (52.50) leads with Pitt (49) a close second.
Lincoln junior Dillon Schrodt led the way today as he broke his own school record in the decathlon (6,932 points). He tallied 6,757 in this meet last year.
Leading after the first five events, he finished third in a tight battle with Emporia State’s Payson Maydew (7,207) and UCM’s Blake Seitz (6,972).
The NCAA automatic qualifying point total is 7,000; Maydew, Seitz and Schrodt should all rank in the nation’s top 10 by weekend’s end.
Schrodt’s best event Saturday was the 110 hurdles where he placed first (14.51). He later found time to have the second fastest time in the 110 hurdle prelims (14.56) and place seventh in the long jump (23-3.50).
Also in the decathlon, Cambridge sophomore Kalen Farr came in ninth with a career-best point total of 6,202.
Kimball junior Brady Land scored six more points in the long jump for UNK as he came in third with a career-best leap of 24-4.50. Only Clark Spanel (24-5.75) has a better effort as a Loper.
Next, Kearney scored 11 points in the 10,000 meter run as Albion senior Kevin Carder was third (31:31.64) and North Platte sophomore Bryan Hill fourth (career-best 31:37.93).
Finally, Lincoln senior Paul Pape (2nd/1:52.41), Kearney freshman Cody Wirth (4th/1:53.27) and Holdrege sophomore Jerod Schoneman (6th/1:53.34) each qualified for the 800 meter finals with Farr making the cut in the 110 hurdles (8th/15.18).
The UNK women’s best event Saturday was the 10,000 where Colorado senior Jordan Bloesser came in fourth (37:47.85) and Pierce junior Briana Adams was sixth (37:55.21). These times rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in Loper history.
Next, Elm Creek sophomore Danyell Coons picked up two more team points by coming in seventh in the discus (140-10).
In prelims, Brainard senior Marissa Bongers (3rd/2:10.14) and Colorado junior Stephanie Hutsell (7th/2:11.52) made the finals in the 800 as did Mitchell sophomore Chelsea Wickard in the 400 hurdles (8th/1:03.33).
Wickard’s time is the second best in school history, coming in behind Deb Gronewald’s 1:02.90 set back in May 1978. Hutsell’s effort also is a career-low and ranks second in UNK history behind Bongers’ school mark of 2:09.02, set in April 2013.
Action resumes Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and concludes around 5:00 p.m.