The Southwestern track team traveled to Joplin, Missouri this past weekend to compete in the Missouri Southern Open. This was the first track meet to kick off the Builderโ€™s indoor track season. They competed both January 20 and 21.

Bailey Collier, athletic training senior, and Taylor Needham, biochemistry junior, started the season with a bang with each already qualifying for Nationals. Collier qualified in high jump by clearing 1.65m and Needham qualified in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:26.57.

Next, the track team will be splitting up to compete on Jan. 28 at the Pittsburg State Invitational and the Wichita State Indoor Invitational.

Taylor Forrest is a senior majoring in communication. You may email her at