The Missouri Western Track and Field team had an impressive weekend at the Fred Beile Classic in Crete, Nebraska.
Western was able to take home seven event wins. Phil Thompson was a standout in this one, taking home first place in both the triple jump (48 ft. 11in) and the long jump (23ft 5 ½ in). Thompson hit a NCAA provisional mark in the long jump and broke the school record. This comes one week after hitting a provisional mark in the triple jump at the Pitt State Invite. After back-to-back successful weeks, Thompson looks to continue to carry this momentum throughout the season.
Thompson was not the only one who finished first in an event. Five other events took home first place finishes and broke a few more school records along the way. Chris Stanley in the 1,000 meter ran 2:39.71, Megan Gillen in the 1,000 meter ran 3:06.14, Mallory Vawter in the 60 meter hurdles ran 9.08, Hanna Williams in the 600 meter ran 1:38.19 and the women’s 4×800 relay ran 9:41.36. This team included the likes of Morgan Doyle, Alison Nutt, Megan Gillen and Hanna Williams. Christian Arbuthnot and Vawter also set school records this weekend. Arbuthnot in the 5K with a time of 15:49.26, and Vawter in the long jump with a jump of 18ft ½ in. These record breaking achievements allowed Arbuthnot and Vawter to take home second place in their respected events.
Another standout athlete who took second this weekend was Jordan Garr in the shot put (54 ft. 1 ¾ in). Garr, who reached provisional in the shot put last week, threw over a foot and a half farther this weekend.
Western’s next opportunity to improve will be this weekend, Feb 9-10, in Pittsburg, Kansas, for the Gorilla Classic.