BOONE, N.C. – Southern Wesleyan track and field was back in action this past weekend, taking part in the Mountaineer Open Indoor Meet hosted Feb. 8 by Appalachian State University.
Amber King highlighted a strong performance for the female Warriors over the weekend. King was the top triple jumper at the meet with a winning jump of 11.18 meters, good enough to make the “A” qualifying standard for the NAIA Indoor Meet and the NCCAA Indoor Meet.
King wasn’t done there as she also placed 4th in the long jump out of non-Division I athletes and fifth overall in the meet with a jump of 5.44 meters. That mark is good enough for the NCCAA standard and just off of the NAIA standard of 5.50 meters.
Joining King with a strong performance in field events was Leeann Gibson who hit her qualifying standard in the shot put for the NCCAA meet with a throw of 11.07 meters.
Jess Maggio was the top non-Division I finisher in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.69, and finished second overall at the meet. Olivia Bush was fifth overall in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.14.
Bush was a new qualifier for the NCCAA meet in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.05, finishing third out of non-Division I athletes.
Maggio also posted the best time of non-Division I athletes in the 55 meter dash but just missed the top-8 and failed to make the finals.
Other highlights for the women include the 4x400 meter relay team, who posted a qualifying time last week, was the top team on Saturday, posting a time of 4:10.30 as Maggio, Lavornne Taylor, Bush and Logan Thiel competed for the Warriors.
Taylor finished 3rd of non-Division I athletes in the 400 meter race with a time of 1:02.27. Sierra Zemanick was the top finisher for non-Division I athletes in the 800 meter race, posting a time of 2:29.30 and just missing the NCCAA qualifying standard of 2:28.
The men also had new qualifiers for national meets. Keith Johnson ran fast enough times to qualify for the NCCAA meet in both the 200 and 400 meter races, posting a 22.81 in the 200 and 50.68 in the 400. Johnson was 2nd in the 400 and 3rd in the 200 out of non-Division I athletes. Both times were narrowly short of the NAIA standard.
Jhante McMillan tied for first out of non-Division I athletes in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.58 which is a “B” qualifying standard for the NAIA meet. Drew Welch missed the NCCAA standard in the 800 meter by only .66 of a second after posting a time of 2:02.66 and finishing 4th among non-Division I athletes.
The Warriors head to Birmingham, Ala., next weekend to compete in the Cupid Classic hosted by Southern Mississippi.