The Missouri Western mens' and womens' track and field teams were at it again in the MIAA Championship, located in Topeka, Kansas. This is a much awaited event, as the teams get to see where they align with other rival schools in conference.
The show was stolen for the Griffons by junior, Jordan Garr. The St. Joseph native entered the shot put competition as the top seed, and he did not let that change. His first throw flew 17.01 meters and was good enough to give him the lead after round one. Garr was not let off easy though, the Pittsburg State duo of Cole Sample and Konner Swenson both took the lead entering the final round. Due to the prelim mark that Garr was able to throw, he was awarded the last shot. He knew what he had to beat, and he beat it. Garr launched his career-best, which came in at 17.85 meters, to give him a new personal record, and more importantly, the first ever MIAA title in the Missouri Western track's history.
The mens' team finished in tenth place in Topeka this past weekend. Some notables were Dallas Thompson’s fifth place shot put finish, and the team's eighth place finish in the 4x4. Pittsburg State won it all, followed by Missouri Southern, Northwest Missouri State, Central Missouri, and Fort Hays State.
For the women this weekend, they finished higher than their four year program has seen to this point. Their 39 points was good enough for ninth place on the weekend, and they saw some real nice performances. With a provisional time of 7.65 and a third place finish in the 60 meter dash, junior Savannah Simmons notched a very solid weekend. Simmons also placed fifth in the 200 meter dash. Her teammates Aniya Kollore and Lynzi Miller also added points for Missouri Western, as they finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 200.
In an event where five women broke the facility record, junior Hanna Williams finished in fourth place in the 600 meter. Bailey Gilbert placed fourth in the triple jump. The Griffons 4x400 meter relay finished fourth also, their time was 3:52.72, the relay consisted of Williams, Kollore, Miller and freshman Alexis Adams.
The NCAA National Championships are next up, the destination is Birmingham, Alabama. The athletes who qualify for this upcoming event on March 11, will be announced later this week.