For the first time this season, Builder track and field will not be traveling as a full team to the same destination. A portion of the team will be traveling to Tabor Wednesday, and the remainder of the team will head to Lawrence to participate in the University of Kansas Relays April 16, 17 and 18.

“It is a short week,” said Mike Kirkland, head women’s track coach. “Come Monday we will have a solid workout, but after that the focus will be on resting up for the Tabor meet. The meets get a little bit more important around this time of the season and our emphasis shifts to good performances.”

Those who do not compete at the Tabor Invitational will be competing at the KU Relays.

“We haven’t made all the decisions yet as to who is going where,” said Jim Helmer, head men’s track coach. “Only the top so many get accepted into the meet as far as event by event. It has a tradition of being one of the bigger and better meets in the Midwest so we are excited to compete there.”

Kirkland agrees, but does not put the KU Relays as one of the most important meets of the season. “A Great performance at the KU Relays does not necessarily correlate into a great season or a great team because you only have a handful of our athletes there. We don’t put any high value on the KU Relays, but it is a big meet for a number of reasons. There are no divisions. Everyone is head-to-head and it is an opportunity to put our better athletes outside the normal day-to-day competition.”

The team traveled to Pittsburg State University to compete at the second annual Gorilla Classic on Saturday.

“It was a nice day and they have a nice facility,” said Helmer. “I think there were close to 20 schools altogether and I thought our guys stepped it up. We had a few bumps and hiccups, but that is typical during the middle of the season. I was pleased with the overall performance.”

Adding his name to the list of those who have secured their spot for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships May 27 to 29 was Carrington Crum, elementary education sophomore. He hit an automatic qualifying mark in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:28.88.

“(Crum) had a nice race and got the auto qualification,” said Helmer. “(Frank Adelman, biology freshman,) had a big improvement, too. He almost hit the provisional qualification.” Crum earned third in the race, while Adelman finished fifth with a time of 9:44.98.

After weeks of coming up just short, Anjaih Clemons, business administration junior, hit the provisional qualifying mark in the 400 meter dash. She won the race with a time of 57.82 seconds, and won the 200 meters with a time of 25.50 seconds.

“She was running free and clear at the 200 meter mark,” said Kirkland of her 400 meter win. “It was very encouraging that she was able to run that good without much pushing.”

Paige Carswell, journalism junior, also hit a provisional qualification in the long jump. Her distance of 17-10.75 feet earned her first place in the event as well.

“She had been flirting with this national qualifying mark for the past few weeks and it was very positive to see her get to that mark,” said Kirkland. “Paige continues to jump extremely well and consistent in the triple and long jump.”

Kirkland thought the meet went well for the level of competition that was represented at Pittsburg. “It was one of the best mid-season meets that we have had in a few years. Going into the week, we shared with the athletes that it was going to be a bigger meet. There was an elevated overall quality of the teams at the meet and we had a lot of positives. We are still looking to where we can make improvements.”

Clinton Dick is a freshman majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at clinton.dick@sckans.edu.

GORILLA CLASSIC

4/3/10

Women

100 meter dash:  Jasmine Jackson 13.75 seconds, Brianna Johnson 14.03, Tamika Taylor 14.03, Erin Morton 14.07

200 meter dash:  1. Anjaih Clemons 25.50, Jackson 27.64, Johnson 27.94, Taylor 28.38, Morton 29.57

400 meter dash:  1. Clemons 57.82

800 meter run:  Mychala Money 2:35.82, Taylor Kinnamon 2:40.10, Erica Dunigan 2:44.76

1500 meter run:  8. Alyssa Carter 5:06.66, Dunigan 5:43.84

5000 meter run:  5. Arely Smith 20:00.71, 10. Sydnee Nelson 21:19.66, Larrissa Vasquez 21:44.91

100 meter hurdles:  5. Kari Roth 15.64

400 meter hurdles:  7. Roth 1:08.26

3000 meter steeplechase:  7. Jennifer Hendrixson 13:22.10

Long Jump:  1. Paige Carswell 17-10.75 feet, Kinnamon 15-03.50

Triple Jump:  2. Carswell 37-10.00

Shot Put:  Sarah Hardin 37-02.50, Mandy Bostwick 36-04.25, Allyssa Zentner 31-08.75

Discus:  Hardin 115-09, Zentner 89-01

Hammer Throw:  Hardin 101-07

Javelin:  8. Zentner 113-07, Caitlin Dyck 78-07

Men

100 meter dash:  Kelvin Chaplin 11.15, Colton Siler 11.18, Deleon Freeman 11.63, Trevor Noel 11.66

200 meter dash:  Chaplin 22.77, Freeman 23.85

400 meter dash:  Chandler Kirkhart 6. 49.90, Matt Perkins 52.40

800 meter run:  10. Chris Copeland 1:58.40

1500 meter run:  6. Conner Drendel 4:00.72, 7. Jimmy Bryant 4:00.99

110 meter hurdles:  DJ Adkism 16.17

400 meter hurdles: Adkism 1:01.95

3000 meter steeplechase:  3. Carrington Crum 9:28.88, 5. Frank Adelman 9:44.98, 7. Zack Conroy 10:07.63

Long Jump: Adkism 21-06.00, Noel 21-04.00, Chaplin 21-02.75

Triple Jump:  10. Noel 45-05.00, Adkism 43-03.00

Shot Put:  Garret Mohney 37-09.50, Braddan McFall 36-11.50, Dustin Gorden 36-10.50, Alex Fernandez 36-06.75, Rodaius German 33-08.00

Discus: Mohney 91-06, Fernandez 81-02

Hammer Throw:  Darrel Wilson 124-00, German 110-10, McFall 105-05

Javelin: McFall 167-03, Wilson 125-01.