Shane Stolz, Sports Information Director
SEARCY – The Williams Baptist College track and field teams traveled to Searcy, Ark. for the Harding University Invitational on Saturday. There were no team scores for the invite, but WBC’s Mykiyah Brown led a strong showing by winning the triple jump field event.
Brown won the event after jumping 10.75 meters. She finished .14 meters ahead of second place. Another Lady Eagles athlete found herself in the top three with a jump of 10.54 meters. Ashlyn Ellis’ distance placed her in third place for the event.
Brown also competed in three track events. She helped the 4X100 meter relay team finish in second place with a time of 50.85. Joining Brown on the relay team was Devyn Pollard, Ellis and Rhaegan Linn.
In the 200 meter sprint, Brown ran in 26.89 seconds to finish ninth. Meanwhile, she finished in 11th place in the 800 meter race.
Other top 10 finishers on the women’s side included Ellis, Hannah Roberts, Kristen Smith, Betsy Ryan and Mikaela Darnell.
Ellis ran the 100 meter race in 12.98, finishing in fifth place, while finishing in fourth place with a long jump of 5.02 meters.
Meanwhile, Roberts ran the 1,500 meter run in 5:26.92, placing eighth. Kristen Smith ran the 5,000 meter run in 21:48.05. This time placed her in sixth place.
In the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, Betsy Ryan finished in eighth place with a time of 13:10.58.
Mikaela Darnell finished in 10th in the shot put with a distance of 9.12 meters. In the discus, WBC’s Tori Lovelady had a distance of 28.87 meters, which was good enough for a 10th place finish.
There were five top 10 finishes on the men’s side, as well as three relay teams. The individuals were Jacob Whittle, John Fairris, Justin Stevens, Jacob Short and Alex Cowgill.
Whittle finished in fifth place in the 400 meter sprint with a time of 51.25. Meanwhile, Fairris ran the 5,000 meter run 17:33, which placed him in eighth place, while he finished in fourth place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Justin Stevens ran the same 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:38, good enough for third place, while Alex Van Herpen finished the same race in 11:24, placing sixth. Stevens also finished in 10th place in the 800 meter run, finishing in 2:03.88.
The 4X100 meter relay team (A) finished in fifth place after a time of 43.79, while the “B” team finished in seventh with a time of 48.66. The “A” team was comprised of Joao Rupp, Jacob Whittle, Josiah Marlow and Nicholas McKinnie, while the “B” team was made up of Tracy Allen, Vinicius Maia Romano, Marlon Benevides and Davis Fetzer.
The 4X400 meter relay team comprised of Whittle, Benevides, Stevens and McKinnie finished in ninth place with a time of 3:36.19.
Jacob Short finished in ninth place with a shot put going 10.72 meters in distance, while teammate Alex Cowgill’s shot went 10.29 meters, placing him in 10th. Cowgill also placed 10th in the discus with a throw of 30.57 meters.
Next up, the programs will travel to St. Louis, Mo., for the WashU Distance Carnival. This will take place on March 30.