By Jacob Jimmerson
The Builders will be traveling to Golf Shores, Ala for the national NAIA track meet which will be on April 21st-23rd. Eight girls and two guys have already qualified in a total of nine events for the women and three events for the men.
Kayla Wilson, business sophomore, will compete in the long jump, triple jump, 4X100, 4X400 and the 100 meter dash. She said, “I feel blessed with the chance to qualify in so many events this year and I really hope that I can win a national championship in one of my jumping events, but that is going to take some more hard work and then handling the pressure when it’s my turn to jump.”
Taylor Needham, biochemistry freshman, qualified in the 4X100, 4X400, 400 hurdles and the 400 meter dash. She said, “I really want to be an All-American, especially after I was so close at the indoor meet.” To be an All-American Needham will have to be in the top eight of one of her events, she is currently third in the nation in the 400 meter hurdles.
Kara Kolar, biology sophomore, qualified in the triple jump. Bailey Collier, athletic training sophomore, qualified in the high jump.
The rest of the 4X400 team that qualified is Ashlee Wenrick, biochemistry junior, and Allie Maffei, psychology junior. The rest of the 4X100 team that qualified is Christina Myer, biology sophomore.
Garret Britton, education freshman, and Cayd Bloomquist, business senior, are the only qualifiers for the men’s side. Britton qualified in the 400 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles. Britton said, “I would just like to get some personal best’s at the meet and try to compare myself to the other runners at the meet.”
Bloomquist qualified in the pole vault event.
Mike Kirkland, head track and field coach, said, “I just hope that all of our hard work from the season will show at this meet and we will have some great performances. We have some great opportunities for some national champions and All-Americans, we just need to work hard these next couple weeks and then perform to the best of our abilities come April 21st.”
Jacob Jimmerson is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.