The Missouri Western track and field team completed their first ever indoor regular season in Nebraska this weekend, winning two events.
Freshman Jordan Garr won the shot put with a throw of 52-4. Phil Thompson also continued his impressive senior season by winning the triple jump with a jump of 14.92 meters, beating four Division-I jumpers. Thompson is more focused on what he needs to do instead of who the competition is.
”I don’t really look at it that way, divisions,” Thompson said, “I just try to go out and be better than last week.”
With the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship right around the corner, Thompson looks to continue improving as he heads to the MIAA Indoor Championship this weekend.
“You got to be top 16,” Thompson said. “I just want to move my mark up, make sure I’m in.”
Thompson’s triple jump mark of 15.06 meters set early this year currently has him twelfth in Division II.
As impressive as Thompson has been this season, he wants everyone to know he could not have come this far without some help from his coaches.
With Missouri Western being in its inaugural season there are a lot of freshman on this team, most who continue to improve every week. Freshman Kallin Sheppard and Freshman Allison Goos showed what the future may hold with impressive weekends. Sheppard set the school record in the Women’s weight throw (45-11 ½) and the Women’s shot put (40- ½). Goos won both of her 800-meter heats and ultimately finished in 11th place (2:27.02). She set a personal best in her mile as well (5:22.97).
In her first year, Goos has already learned that running track is going to be tough, but that’s not such a terrible thing.
“Every meet is going to be a new challenge and its always going to be hard, but you get through it and PR and it’s all worth it,” Goos said.
Heading into Missouri Western’s first-ever MIAA Championship, Goos is glad to a part of the first team ever to go.
“I’m excited to see how everyone does,” Goos said. “We are making traditions together.”
Coach Marc Bierbaum was proud of his team this weekend and is ready for the conference championship next weekend.
“We got out what we wanted,” Coach said, “[Thompson] got a win, got the bugs out, worked on a couple extra things.”
In preparation for next weekend, Bierbaum did say that the volume would be reduced a little, but the intensity will stay the same.
Bierbaum is excited to see what his young team can do and hopes they gain some experience from it all.
“Go down there, take in the atmosphere, compete hard and see where that leaves us when we are done.”
The MIAA Championships will be held in Pittsburg, Kansas, this weekend from February 23-25.