The Missouri Western track and field team laced up and journeyed two and a half hours to Pittsburg State University to compete in their sixth meet of the season at the fifth Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic.
This action packed two day event included competition ranging from Division 1 to Junior College consisting of a variety of different schools and athletes. There were many great performances from athletes all around, but the Griffons left their mark on the Harvey Dean Track jumping over personal records and leaning their way into top-twenty placings.
There were a handful of athletes with notable finishes including Hanna Williams, Aniya Kollore, Bailey Gilbert, Connor Thom, Tara Bergman, Kallin Sheppard and Tanner Butterfield. Junior sprinter Hanna Williams’s shot out of the blocks earned her a top-ten finish in the finals of the Women’s 400-meter dash when she crossed the finish line with a time of 57.13 placing her at eighth out of 62 athletes, not counting those who did not show or scratched.
Last week, Williams broke the MWSU Fieldhouse record in the 600-meter dash at Northwest Missouri State with a time of 1:24:89. Williams also made her name known at the 2017-18 Indoor Gorilla Classic where took first in the 400-meter dash.
Another honorable mention is freshman sprinter, Aniya Kollore from Saint Louis, Missouri, whose spikes dug her past preliminaries to finals in the women’s 200-meter dash where she established a twenty placed ranking over fifty seven other runners ending with 25.37 for time. At the Bearcat Open last Saturday, Aniya placed top five in the 200 meter and also set a personal best in the 60-meter dash.
Gilbert placed seventh overall in the Women’s triple jump, and Connor Thom set a new personal best in the Men’s long jump leaping 6.26 meters. Both Tara Bergman and Kallin Sheppard threw their names on the top twenty list receiving 16th and seventieth in Women’s shotput while Tanner Butterfield threw a distance of 15.39 meters in the men’s weight throw.
The Griffons have accomplished and overcome a lot this season breaking records and healing from unexpected injuries. They continue to prevail and leave it all on the track week after week doing what Griffons do best. On Feb. 21, the Griffons will make their way back to Lincoln to compete in the Nebraska Tune-Up.