By Mallory Graves
The indoor meets were on Feb. 9 at Pittsburg State and the University of Oklahoma. The Builders have three individuals who qualified for nationals.
Assistant track and field coaches Seth Topham and Terri Anderson went to the University of Oklahoma, while Coach Testa, head track and field coach, went to Pittsburg State.
Bryce Grahn, business administration, sophomore, got fifth place in the mile running an excellent time of 4:13, qualifying for the “A” standard. He was already qualified for nationals in the mile, but as a “B” standard. He had to beat the time 4:22 in order to be in the “A” standard. Grahn also ran the 3k, achieving his personal best time of 8:58, but not quite qualifying for nationals in that event. “The pace of the race kept the momentum going for me. Just the idea to keep pushing through it, and to keep my foot on the gas is what was fun for me. It also helps when I am running my race, that I can hear Coach Testa, head coach of track and field, yelling my splits,” said Grahn.
Josh Lewis, physical performance, sophomore, said, “It’s really not motive that kept me going. I just try to focus on myself, and run my race the best I can.” Lewis qualified for nationals in the 60-meter dash at the first indoor track meet of the season, running a 6.92.
Kari Blattner, business administration, senior, qualified for nationals at the second indoor meet of the season, in the women’s 1000-meter dash with a time of 3:02. She also qualified in the mile with a time of 5:12.
Tim Testa, head coach of track and field, went to Pittsburg State with Kari and Bryce. “Bryce ran great in the mile. He was having some health issues, but kept the focus, and took care of business. Kari had a rough day Saturday. She was battling sickness as well, and did not get the chance to prove her fitness,” said Testa. The runners have a week to prepare for conference. “I don’t think the results of this meet will affect next weeks, but I know our lack of focus and preparation will affect next week. We need to do a better job during the week to be ready for Friday and Saturday,” said Testa.
Members of the team will travel to Northwest Missouri State University to compete Feb. 15 and 16 for the KCAC Championships.
Mallory Graves is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.