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Track & Field - Fri, Mar. 10, 2017

The 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Season kicked off at home on Thursday, March 9th with the Sterling College Quint Relays.  The five teams to make up the quint were Bethany, Northwest Kansas, Sterling, Central Christian, and Barclay. Sterling College men placed 3rd with 64 points, while the women placed second with 110.

Women's Pole Vault started the day off with Sterling's Jaci Nelson (FR-Lincoln, Kan.) going 8' 0.5" to place second. In the shot put, Shawn Wheat (FR-Fort Worth, Texas) made his college track and field debut by placing 5th with a toss of 11.65 meters (38' 2.75" ft).


The Sprint Medley Relay would be the first event on the track, with the Sterling women A and B squads taking first and second place, respectively. The four legs consisted of 200m, 200m, 400m, and 800m. The A squad of Jaci Nelson, Estephany Moncada (SO-Castro Valley, Cal.), Abigail Reed (SO-Wichita, Kan.), and Kortney Ricke (SO-Cunningham, Kan.) had a time of 4:32.25 and was followed by the B squad of Reonnah Coates (SO-Roswell, New Mexico), Lora Bebermeyer (JR-Sedgwick, Kan.), Madison Caffrey (SR-Mount Hope, Kan.), and Jennifer Calderwood (SR-Ulysses, Kan.) with a time of 4:38.72.  


On the men's side, the Warriors finished in second place, directly behind Northwest Kansas. Sterling's time was 3:38.05.


Discus brought out two more Warrior newcomers, Ross Alison (FR-Strawn, Texas) and Darius Stewart (FR-Fountain, Col.).  Alison currently leads the NAIA with a throw of 43.03 meters (141'2") to place first while Stewart would take third out of eight competitors with a throw of 37.73 meters (123'9").


In the 4 x 1600m relay, the Sterling women's squad of Payden Shapland (FR-Dighton, Kan.), Elaina Hubbell (FR-St. Louis, Missouri), Anna Kuns (SO-Wichita, Kan.), and Lacey Buckwalter (JR-Sylvia, Kan.) easily took a first place finish over Bethany with a time of 24:27.57. The men's relay consisting of Aaron Pinkerton (JR-Minneola, Kan.), Zach Williams (SO-St. Louis, Missouri), Lucas Garrett (SR-Bennington, Kan.), and Isaac Barnhart (SR-Gypsum, Kan.) also came away with a sure victory over Bethany with a time of 19:57.43.


In the high jump, the only two jumpers for the women were from Sterling College. Makenzie Cork (SO-Safford, Ariz.) leaped 1.55 meters (5'1") and Bebermeyer jumped 1.50 meters (4'11").


Sterling's women javelin throwers came away with very close second and third place finishes from Kristen Calderwood (SO-Ulysses, Kan.) and Jordin Greer (JR-Hoisington, Kan.) with throws of 102'10" and 102'8," respectively.  


The men javelin throwers continued to throw under the stadium lights with exciting fashion.  The Warriors snagged first, second, and fifth place finishes from a field of 10.  Freshman Isaac Ostrosky (FR-Fredonia, Kan.) made his mark on the national leaderboard with a first place throw of 56.30 meters (184'8").  He is currently sitting first in the NAIA after hitting the national qualifying "B" standard. Cody Williams, throwing unattached, also made his debut, finishing second with 47.21 meters (154'11") and Andrew Percic (SR-Lombard, Ill.) improved his personal best mark to 34.00 meters (111'6"), taking fifth.   


The Distance Medley Relay (1200, 400, 800,1600) again brought winning finishes from the Warriors. Sterling's A relay team (Caffrey, Bebermeyer, Calderwood, Shapland) finished first with a time of 14:00.98 while Sterling's B team (Hubbell, Moncada, Renee Lanham [SR-Des Moines, Iowa], Buckwalter) finished at 14:13.54, with Buckwalter holding off Bethany's runner to take second. The Sterling men easily took the gold with a time of 11:30.64.


The men's Warrior 4x100 relay finished fifth with a time of 45.64.


Sterling's women's 4x800 A (Caffrey, Shapland, Calderwood, Bebermeyer) and B (Hubbell Lanham), Kuns, Buckwalter) squads again took first and second with times of 10:46.81 and 11:33.82, respectively. For the men, with a valiant finish, Ty Wyckoff (JR-Garden City, Kan.) held off Bethany's final runner to take first place. Pinkerton, Williams, Brett Couture (JR-Littleton, Colo.), and Wyckoff were clocked at 9:13.42.


The final event of the evening was the 4x200. After struggling with handoffs, the Sterling women's team (Nelson, Reed, Ricke, Greer) came in third with 1:56.04.