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Mid-Season Review: Track & Field Bulldogs Continue to Show Improvement


McPHERSON, Kan. ( — With just one meet left before the KCAC Championships, the McPherson College Bulldogs track and field team continues to show improvement on both the men’s and women’s side.

In the field events, Cara Shultz holds the second best mark in the KCAC in a pair of events, throwing a personal-best 12.03 meters in the shot put at the Friends University Spring Invite, an a personal-record 41.25 meters in the discus throw last weekend at the John Jacobs meet in Norman, Okla.

Shultz started the season with a previous personal-best of 11.39 meters in the shot put, but has improved in every meet of the season.  Additionally, Shultz has also improved upon her previous best in the hammer throw with a final mark of 31.81 at the Friends University Spring invite, besting her previous mark of 30.47 meters at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational the week before.

Zoe Jerke set a new personal record in the Javelin with a throw of 28.19 last weekend, besting her previous throw by nearly seven meters. Alexis Wolfe finished 28th in the triple jump this past weekend with a mark of 9.05 meters.

On the men’s side, Seth Madron continues to move up in the high jump, setting a new personal-best with a final jump of 1.90 meters, improving upon his first jump of the year the week prior, a sixth-place finish of 1.88 meters. He is short of the NAIA ‘A’ Standard by 0.15 meters.

In the track events, the Bulldogs have many athletes following the trend of improvement. Azariah Gonzalez ran a time of 15 minutes, 33.33 seconds in the 5000-meter run over the weekend, setting a new personal mark by 20 seconds. Gonzalez has also been exceptional in the men’s 1500 meter, continuing to break his previous best every week, running a 4 minute, 11.12 second mark his last time out.

In the Sprints, Christian Aikens continues to shine, finishing 12th in the 400-meter dash at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational with a time of 50.37 seconds, after an outstanding showing at the KCAC Indoor Championships. Aikens also had a third-place finish in the 400m at Bethel College on Mar. 23.

Amari Robb has also been great this season, finishing sixth this past weekend in the 800-meter with a time of 2 minutes, 37.47 seconds after setting a new career-best with a time of 2:36.37 in Denton, Texas on Mar. 16.

Charity Williams, the Bulldog women’s highest finisher of the season, took home a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles two weeks ago with a time of 14.70 seconds. The finish moves her into second-place in the KCAC.

In the relays, the Bulldogs men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Aikens, Tyler RewertsAustin Glezen, and Isaac Hale opened the season at Bethel College with a time of 3:40.80, before finishing 12th at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, bettering their time by over five seconds.

The Bulldogs will send athletes to the Coyote Distance Carnival in Salina, Kan. this weekend (Apr. 19), before they head to Leavenworth, Kan. on May 2nd through May 5th.