Nicole Svendsen-Dowling Cent Missouri
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Svendsen Making the Most of Senior Year For the Jennies

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri
©Jim Kirby

Central Missouri Track and Field enjoyed another successful day at the MIAA Championships. With one day of competition left, the Mules are in third place with 26 points through five events, and the Jennies are in fourth with 26.25 points after seven events scored.

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Central Missouri had an amazing day in the weight throw. Nathan Liby took second place after his personal-best throw of 65-4. Also achieving a new PR, Jace Kaleikau threw 63-2.75 to place fourth. Nathan Cummings finished next in fifth and added some more points on the board for the Mules with his throw of 61-2.25. John Berry threw 52-11.5 and finished 13th. Liby and Kaleikau move to third and fourth all-time at UCM.

The Jennies also took silver in the event after a personal-best throw from Amy Dorge. She threw 57-11.25. Ashlan Burton finished 11th throwing 50-1.25 and Alisha Straws was 18th with a throw of 44-4.

Another medal was awarded to the Mules, this time in the triple jump. Jesse Miller jumped to a third place finish with his leap of 49-7.75. Christopher Goodwin also earned points for the team with his sixth place finishing jump of 48-10.25. Both jumpers set NCAA provisionally qualifying numbers and personal-bests, and Miller’s jump puts him eighth all-time at UCM.

For the Jennies, Shay Babcock was the top-finisher. She jumped 36-3 and finished 15th. Audrey Fisher finished next in line at 16th as she hit the 36-2.75 mark.

A day after taking second place in the pentathlon, Hannah VanBuskirk was back at it today in the high jump event. She cleared the bar at 5-6, but finished just shy of the podium in fourth. Earning some points for the Jennies, Haley Lindenbusch tied for eighth with her 5-3 jump.

In the women’s poel vault, Madi Wulfekotter reached a big personal-best height as she cleared the bar at 11-10 for 11thand provisionally qualified for nationals. Callie Ruffener vaulted 11-4.25 and tied for 15th place.

It was a good day for the Jennies in the 60m hurdles preliminaries. The top-eight qualifying times advance to the finals tomorrow afternoon and Alliah McClendon guaranteed her spot in the final round as she turned in an NCAA provisionally qualifying time of 8.64 for fourth place. Laia Gonzalez will also advance to the finals. She ran a personal-best 8.93 and finished seventh.

For the Mules, Drew Bodicky was 11th as he finished in 8.47 in the sprint hurdles.

Akeemo Minott moves on to the 60m finals tomorrow after he ran the third fastest preliminary time of 6.85. Deric Purnell (6.95) and Franklin Hunt (6.97) finished 11th and 12th, respectively.

McClendon returned to the track for the Jennies in the 60m dash, where she ran 7.81 and was 13th.

In the 200m prelims, Minott took sixth with a personal-record 21.79 to advance to the finals. Blake Johnson was 14thoverall in 22.40 and Purnell came in 17th with his time of 22.61.

Sanikee Gardner advanced to the 400m final round tomorrow after she crossed the line with the eighth fastest time at the 58.19 mark to qualify. Destiny Nash was 12th in 58.94.

For the men’s preliminary round, Jacob Weber had the fastest time for the Mules. He ran 49.72 and took 10th place. Andre Williams was close behind at the 50.13 mark and finished 12th and Matt Scaletty placed 14th with his time of 50.35. All three runners achieved indoor personal-best times.

600 yard run prelims – Three of the top eight qualifiers in the 600 yard prelims were Mules. Jacob Randle led the way, running 1:11.81 and took second. Corbin Lowe was fifth in 1:12.65 and James Willis finished seventh with a personal-record time of 1:12.99.

The Jennies also had a pair qualify. Laia Gonzalez took second place with her 1:25.13 personal-record time. Just four-one-hundredths second behind, Emily Thole crossed the line in 1:25.17 for third. Alexis Sroor finished 19th in the race in 1:31.48, a personal-best.

In the 800m prelims, both a Mule and Jennie took third place to qualify. Noah Larsen ran 1:53.93 to advance, while Mariah Elmore won her heat and crossed the line in 2:19.49. Tanner Skotnicki also competed for the Mules, running 1:57.80 and Maria Wendell for the Jens crossed the line 2:24.74. Both finished 16th.

The top-finisher for the Mules in the 5K was Ronald Ayabei, after he turned in a personal best 15:16.95 for 13th place. For the Jennies, Nicole Svendsen was the only competitor. She ran 19:03.57 and finished 12th overall.

The last race of the day was the distance medley. The Jennies earned some team points with their fourth place finish. The relay team of Mariah Elmore, Destiney Nash, Kimberlee Sewester and Amy Marx finished the race in 12:13.57. With that time, they are now third in the UCM record book for DMR.

The Mules team of Tanner Skotnicki, Matt Scaletty, Drew Bodicky, and Nick Victor finished in 11:28.92 and took 12th.

Elias Roelfsema competed in the final three events of the heptathlon for the Mules. He started off the day with a personal-best time of 9.00 in the 60m hurdles and finished 14th. The bar was set high in the pole vault, and unfortunately, he recorded no height. In the final event, he ran the 1000m in 2:56.28 for a ninth place finish. At the end, he totaled 3800 points and finished 15th overall.

The MIAA Championships will wrap up the remaining events tomorrow. Field events kick off the day at 11:30 a.m. and track events begin at 1 p.m.