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In the inaugural year for the Southwestern track and field team, Rayvonne Brown made history the weekend of March 2 as he became the first male Spartans to qualify and compete in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Brown, having been seeded 25th going into the competition, exceeded expectations and finished 20th.
Brown was the first of the two Spartans to compete at nationals. His heat took off quickly on the circular track of Texas Tech and Brown stayed in the middle of the pack to post a time of 1:25.98.
Molly Schimp, freshman from Hampton, and Rayvonne Brown, freshman from Davenport, are headed to the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship in Lubbock, TX. Schimp will be competing in the women's high jump on March 2. Brown will be competing in the 600 meter run on March 1.
Good luck to both of them and go Spartans!
The Spartan Men's Track had great races on Saturday as the team finished 5th at the Dutch Athletics Classic hosted by Central College on Saturday. The men turned in some of their best performances so in their first season as they scored 31 points.
Rayvonne Brown (freshman, Davenport) narrowly missed qualifying for nationals by finishing second in the 600-meter in 1:25.87. It was a tightly contested race in the 600-meter as Rayvonne sprinted down the front stretch to come from behind only to be barely edged at the finish line in one of the day's more exciting races. Joe Bierl (freshman, Davenport) kept the points rolling in too as he turned in a season best time in the 600-meter (1:30) to finish fifth overall.
Jackson Shantz (freshman, Greenfield) turned in a personal best in the 55-meter hurdles by making the finals and finishing eighth overall. "Jackson had a great day" said head coach Bill Huntington. "His making the finals and placing was impressive." Dave Prchal (freshman, Omaha, NE) led the distance runners finishing sixth in the mile and 12th overall in the 1000-meter.
The men and women on the track and field teams made history on Saturday by being the first Spartans to ever run in a track and field meet representing Southwestern as a varsity sport.
Coach Bill Huntington said, "This is something that we have talked to the athletes about since we first started practice. This season is the cornerstone on which this program will be built. In 30 or 40 years they can look back on this day and say, I was a part of starting something very special."
The women continued their success through the day as Mariah Kruse won her heat in the 400 and posted a solid time in the 60 meter dash.
The Spartan men did not let this day go by without making an impact as well. Rayvonne Brown and Joe Bierl turned in two outstanding times (1:16.40 and 1:19) in the 600y run with Brown just missing missing the qualifying time for the indoor national championships by 17 hundredths of a second. Dave Prchal led the Spartan distance runners posting a 10:13 in the 3000.