PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Blue Hawk indoor track and field team had eight competitors representing at the NAIA National Championships this past weekend.
True freshman Cleet Wrzesinski led the Blue Hawks in the championships as he ended his indoor season with All American honors in the Heptathlon. Wrzesinski's sixth place finish came from his strength in the 60-meter sprint, 60-meter hurdles, and the 1000-meter run in the 15-person field. In the 60-meter sprint the Baker, Mont. product finished with a 7.08 second time, the third best in the field. Again, Wrzesinski finished third in the 60-meter hurdles race. He finished with a time of 8.41, giving him another boost in the overall point totals. In the 1000-meter race Wrzesinski impressed again. His time of 2:45.11 in the event was good enough for fourth in the field. Wrzesinski finished with 4925 points.
In the women's 4x800 meter relay the Blue Hawks had the team of Jacey Wilson, Paitton Herbst, Lisa Townsend, and Bailey Smith competing. The relay team finished with a time of 9:42 in the preliminary race. The time placed them 12th in the field, four spots from qualifying for the finals.
Rodney Henry reached nationals for the Blue Hawks competing in the 800-meter race. Henry ran a time of 1:57.2 in the preliminary round. The time finished him in 16th place overall, less than four seconds from qualifying for finals.
Kadara Marshall and Ty Stanton each were competing in the women's and men's triple jump contests respectively. Marshall jumped 11.29 meters in her best attempt. The mark placed her in 16th place in the field. In the men's triple jump, Stanton put up a mark of 13.61. Stanton finished 24th in the field.