Missouri Western was finally fortunate enough to have some decent weather for an outdoor track meet as they have been going through cancelations and frigid condition, but the weather finally cooperated in Maryville on Thursday with 68-degree weather and limited wind.
The Griffons started to heat up too as 15 events placed including three first place finishes. Leading the charge again was freshman Hanna Williams. She won the women’s 400-meter again with a time of 55.98 earning herself a NCAA provisional. This was more than a second faster than the 400 time she won with at last week’s meet. Williams time caught her off guard.
“We weren’t actually expecting me to hit a 55 but I did which is very surprising but exciting too,” Williams said.
Assistant coach Cody Ingold was not quite as surprised as Hanna was with her results.
“We’ve known what she could do,” Ingold said. “It’s just doing it consistently and getting back into the swing of things.”
Williams thinks the weather was part of the reason her time jumped as much as it did in one week. She had a much easier time breathing and was not running head on into the wind as she had done last week.
Senior Phil Thompson took place in his first meet since earning All-American honors. Thompson promptly won the triple jump with a jump of 48-10 ¼ feet. This mark was good enough for a NCAA provisional as well.
Rounding out the winners was Sophomore Tanner Butterfield, who became the first Griffon to win the javelin throw. Butterfield threw it 183-6 feet but still sees room for improvement.
“There’s a lot of work still to do,” Butterfield said. “I want to work towards placing top three in conference and getting my ticket to nationals but it’s a step in the right direction.”
Butterfield is encouraged by his start considering Javelin is exclusively an outdoor track, and he hopes to build on each throw from meet to meet.
Coach Ingold echoed Butterfield’s comments and is expecting even more from the sophomore.
“Tanner’s got a lot more in him actually,” Ingold said. “It’s just working on finishing the steps and getting everything corrected.”
With a third place finish last week and first this week, the javelin throw might be an event to keep an eye on.
Another notable finisher was freshman Jordan Garr who continues his excellent campaign. Garr placed third in the shotput with a throw of 52-8 ¼ ft. This mark also reached an NCAA provisional.
Missouri Western looks to continue their inaugural season this weekend in Wichita for the K.T. Woodman Classic. The meet is held Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.