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Men's Track & Field - Wed, May 10, 2017

University of Saint Mary men's and women's track and field Teams completed the KCAC Championship Meet at McPherson this past week.  Both men and women repeated as KCAC Runner-Ups as they did at the KCAC Indoor Conference Championship Meet.  Despite a runner-up finish for both teams, Saint Mary distanced themselves from the rest of the competition with the men outscoring 3rd place by 30 points and the women by 50 points.

Women's Final Scores

1) Friends 276

2) St. Mary (Kan.) 135

3) Southwestern (Kan.) 85

4) McPherson 59

5) Ottawa 58

6) Tabor 52

7) Bethany (Kan.) 40.5

8) Sterling 32.5

9) Bethel (Kan.) 31

10) York (Neb.) 22

11) Kansas Wesleyan 12

12) Oklahoma Wesleyan 7

Starting with the field events, Saint Mary women's team scored big points from Steinunn Atladottir in the jumps and Kaitlyn Hullinger in the throws. Steinunn repeated as runner-up in the long jump just as she did indoor while also repeating a 5th place finish in the triple jump and hitting an astounding personal best in 11.33m. Kaitlyn scored a 6th place finish in the hammer throw and just missed out in discus and shot put finishing 10th and 11th, respectively.

In the sprint events, Tisian Nealy stole the show with 25 total points. Tisian finished 6th in the 100m after a tough 400-100m double – she finished 3rd in the 400m with a new school record in 58.37s. Tisian became Saint Mary's first ever KCAC Conference Champion in a sprint event when she won the 200m by 0.01 seconds over Bethel's Rashe Boynton. Tisian finished off the night with an outstanding performance in the 4x400m Relay that finished 3rd while crushing the former school record by 6 seconds – she was accompanied by Linda Delgado, Lorena Moreno and Krystal Rivera on the record setting event. Additionally, Madison Williams added her first conference point with an 8th place finish in the 100H.

The mid-distance crew saw All-American Lorena Moreno and Krystal Rivera lead the pack scoring a combined 35 points with 28 points coming from Lorena and 17 from Krystal – Linda Delgado added to the mid-distance total with 16 points of her own. Lorena strolled in for an easy 2nd place finish in the 800m while putting distance behind the rest of the field with her big win in the 1500m by 6 seconds. Krystal finished 4th in the 800m and 7th in the 1500m earning KCAC Honorable Mention honors in the process. Linda Delgado earned All-KCAC in the 1500m finishing 3rd overall with a new personal best of 5:00.83. The 4x800m relay team of Linda Delgado, Krystal Rivera, Brittany White-Dold and Lorena Moreno took top honors over Sterling College adding 10 points to the women's team total.

The distance runners for the Saint Mary women's team brought in a grand total of 51 points with 21 points coming from the 5k, 21 points in the 10k and 9 points in the 3k Steeplechase. Lorena Moreno was at it again finishing 1st in the 5k and 2nd in the 10k adding to her scoring total of 46 points at the Conference Championship Meet. Alisn Stevens scored 23 points of her own finishing 2nd in the 5k behind her teammate, 4th in the 3k Steeplechase and bringing home a Conference Championship in the 10k. Shelby Stouffer added 8 points, finishing with two 5th place finishes in the 5k and the 3k Steeplechase. Kaitlyn Ellis had an KCAC Honorable Mention performance finishing in 6th place in the 10k.

Lorena Moreno was named KCAC Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet for her performance edging out Friends University's All-American, Chelsea Baker, for the honor.

Men's Final Scores

1) McPherson 173

2) St. Mary (Kan.) 121

3) York (Neb.) 91

4) Tabor 80

5) Friends 67

6) Southwestern (Kan.) 54

7) Bethel (Kan.) 43

8) Ottawa 42

9) Bethany (Kan.) 37

10) Sterling 33

11) Kansas Wesleyan 31

12) Oklahoma Wesleyan 3

The men's field events saw a handful of outstanding performances from Adrian Luna in the throws and Jared Lorey in the high jump. Adrian Luna finished 2nd in the discus, 3rd in the shot put with a new school record and 4th in the hammer throw with another school record. Adrian scored the most points ever from a field event athlete in Saint Mary history with 19 total points. Jared Lorey finished the day with a 2nd place and All-KCAC performance in the high jump. Kyle Hayes added another 2 points finishing 6th in the high jump.

In the sprints, Saint Mary just missed out in the 100m and 200m with Zach Atkins finishing 10th and 9th, respectively. Garrison Woods finally broke the 50s barrier and earned a tough 4th place finish in the 400m in a very competitive field. Zach Atkins once again missed out on finals finishing 9th. The Saint Mary 4x100m relay team of Elliot Fortney, Garrison Woods, Ethan Miller and Zach Atkins finished in 5th place for their highest ever finish in the event while hitting a new school record in the process. The 4x400m relay team of Zach Atkins, Jermie Johnson, Meshach Adams and Garrison Woods finished in 4th place and hit a season best of 3:25.16. Ethan Miller came up big once again in the hurdles finishing in 5th place in the 100H while breaking a school record and 8th in the 400H. Garrison Woods lead the way for the sprinters with a combined 14 points followed by Ethan Miller and Zach Atkins with 9 points each.

Saint Mary men's mid-distance had big championship meet. In the 800m and 1500m events, Saint Mary scored a total of 42 points. Tegan Michael had 28 of those points with a runner-up finish in both the 800m behind teammate Meshach Adams and the 1500m by 0.29s behind Bethel's Julio Martinez. Meshach Adams took home a Conference Championship in the 800m and a 7th place finish the 1500m. Saint Mary took home 6th through 8th place in the 1500m including a 6th place finish by All-American Tony Weber and 8th place by Michael Tyll. Saint Mary men's team took home a Conference Championship in the 4x800m Relay where Meshach Adams, Michael Tyll, Jermie Johnson and Tegan Michael hit a season best of 7:51.87 and dominated the rest of the field by over 5 seconds.

The distance event group came through once again with a combined 49 points. Tony Weber scored 23 points of his own with two Conference Championships in the 5k and 10k – where he took down two 35+ year-old KCAC records. Jeremy Brittain added 17 points with a runner-up finish in the 5k behind teammate Tony Weber, a 5th place finish in the 10k and a tough 4th place finish in the 3k Steeplechase to earn KCAC Honorable Mention. Christian Graham added 5 points to the men's team total while Joshua Ramirez added 7.