By Cathryn Cavazos Sterling, KS — Feb 5, 2018, 9:00 A.M.
The Sterling College men’s and women’s track and field team spent their weekend travelling to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, to see if they could compete for the coveted bids to the national championships.
Both Friday and Saturday, the men’s team as a whole placed eighth. Over the whole weekend, the men saw a record-breaking fourth-place finish in the 4×8 event as well as the distance meter relay event placing sixth with a 10:45 time and a new school record. The freshmen represented Sterling College well and beat three school records. Pierce Wolters placed fourth in the 800-meter event, breaking his own record at Sterling College with a time of 1:57.98 and Josh Christian broke the college’s record in the 5k run with a time of 16:37.65. Trenton Schmitt, also a freshman, now holds the college’s new record for the 600-meter. Also placing was freshman Jordan Wallace with a runner-up title in the 60-meter hurdles.
On Friday, the women’s team placed seventh overall and Saturday the ladies placed sixth. Over the whole weekend, the women took third in the 4×8 event but really stood out in individual events. Junior Robyn See took fourth place in the pole vault event, as well as senior Lacey Buckwalter placing eighth in the 5K event, which awarded her all-conference. She also beat her personal record by 11 seconds. Junior Abby Reed also placed fifth in the 600 event, senior Lora Bebermeyer placed fourth in the 800 event, and junior Payden Shapland placed eighth in the 1000 event with a time of 3:21.
“It was a record-breaking weekend,” junior Payden Shapland said. “We had five school records get broken. It was nice to be in fellowship with each other [this weekend], everybody was cheering each other on. Everybody worked so hard during the season and it was cool to see it pay off during conference.”