The 2014 Spartan track team competed in their first meet of the season on Saturday, January 18, at Dordt College in Sioux City. Two Spartan runners qualified for nationals on the day. Sophomore Rayvonne Brown finished eighth in the 600m with a time of 1:24.65 giving him a chance to run again at nationals in March. Freshman John Rivan will be joining him at as he posted a fourth place finish in the 55m dash in a time of 0:06.52.
According to Head Coach Bill Huntington, there were other Spartans close to qualifying for nationals as well. Mel Mangrum in the women’s shot put was one of them. Mangrum’s distance of 39’ 5.75” earned her a seventh place finish, but according to Coach Huntington, fell short of the qualifying distance by a mere inches.
Other notable finishes were Theo Piniau, eighth in the 400m (0:52.49), Jackson Shantz 10th in 55 hurdles (8.35), and Torian Parks ninth in the 55m (6.66) and ninth in the triple Jump (40' 9.5”).
The Spartans will travel to Mount Vernon on Saturday, January 25, to compete in the Cornell Invitational.
Full results for the meet can be seen here.