Just nine individuals scored points for the William Penn men’s track and field team, but they all did so in a big way as the Statesmen placed high at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Outdoor Championships Saturday and Sunday.
William Penn finished third out of six teams with 115 points. Grand View won its third-straight team title with 304 points, while St. Ambrose was well behind in the runner-up spot with 269 points.
Jalen Wilson (So., Desoto, Texas, Undecided) competed in only one event, but made it count as he won the long jump with a school-record distance of 24-4.5. The sophomore, who broke the previous program mark by three inches, also surpassed the NAIA’s automatic-qualifying standard and currently ranks first in the nation with his distance.
Sam Taylor (So., Eddyville, Iowa, Industrial Technology) and Gabriel Green (Sr., Anniston, Ala., Business Management) joined Wilson in the proverbial winner’s circle. Taylor picked up a victory in the 110-meter hurdles at 15.06 seconds, while Green led all competitors in the 400-meter dash at 49.25 seconds.
Both were multiple-point gatherers with Green taking second in the 100 (10.71 seconds) and 200-meter dashes (22.02 seconds), while Taylor was fourth in the long jump (21-3.5) and sixth in the high jump (6-1.25). Green’s 100 time was just good enough to eclipse the NAIA’s provisional-qualifying standard.
Kederick Givens (Fr., Wylie, Texas, Communications) and Yanni Gallagher (Fr., Kanab, Utah, Psychology) each scored in two events as well. Givens was third in the 200 (22.18 seconds) and sixth in the 100 (11.09 seconds), while Gallagher finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:17.85) and seventh in the 5,000-meter run (17:08.88).
Trevor Volz (So., Adel, Iowa, Applied Technology) led a trio of other athletes that also brought in points for the navy and gold. Volz was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.00 seconds, while Bryndon Douglas (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) was sixth in the long jump (21-2) and Blake Washington (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Public Accounting) was seventh in the 800-meter run (2:00.31).
The Statesmen found loads of success in the relays, led by a title from the 4×800-meter squad. The group’s time of 7:58.07 set a new school record, while the 4×100 (42.77 seconds) and 4×400 teams (3:21.59) both produced silver.
William Penn nearly secured many more points as ten other individuals placed either ninth or tenth at the Championships.
St. Ambrose’s John Darmody was named MCC Track Athlete of the Year, while Lance Maxwell of Grand View earned MCC Field AOY honors. St. Ambrose’s Dan Tomlin received Coach of the Year laurels from his peers.
Next: William Penn may take a few select individuals somewhere next weekend for a Last Chance Meet. Wilson and Alex Edwards (So., Knoxville, Iowa, Secondary Education) are currently the only men’s national qualifiers.
(release courtesy of statesmenathletics.com)