Track and Field Finishes Strong at MCC Championship

Track and Field Finishes Strong at MCC Championship



May 1, 2009 – The Ashford University track and field squads made quite a final impression with wins in the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay on the final day of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Outdoor Championships in Dubuque.

The men’s and women’s teams finished fifth, and the final standings might have been different if Ashford had numbers to compete in every event. The men finished with 84 points, just behind Mt. Mercy College, while the women earned 50 points despite having only seven individuals compete.

“We are extremely pleased with our performance this week,” said Ashford Head Coach Tyson Graham. “We could see the progress pay off and there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years with our program.”

Freshman Laura Minertz continued to build on her first-day momentum, finishing runner up in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. She set a new school record at 12.73 in the 100-meter dash, and after defeating her heat in yesterday’s 200-meter preliminaries, Minertz clocked in with a personal-best time of 26.42.

Minertz and junior Kim Fabry were members of the 4x400 relay team that produced a sixth-place finish. Fabry finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100 and 200-meter runs while also bringing home points in the triple jump (seventh) -- an event she hasn’t competed for nearly five years.

Freshman Natalie Solms registered a personal record and finished second in the triple jump at 10.58 meters, getting edged on the final attempt. Brooke Funk recorded a 10.19-meter throw in the shot put to bring home eighth.

Senior Franklin Barnes sustained his national-qualifying performance from the first day and nearly qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the 110-meter hurdles. He finished almost a second ahead of Grand View University’s Matt Smalley and clocked in just .04 seconds off the national-qualifying mark of 15.29.

Barnes qualified nationally for the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday, punching his ticket to Edwardsville, Ill., May 21-23. Graham reports that it was a close vote for MCC Track Athlete of the Year between Barnes and William Penn’s Kris Miller, with Miller being announced the winner earlier today.

Barnes was a part of the 4x400 relay team along with John Gaffney, Ademola Are and Robert Phillips that brought home first-place hardware. The foursome clocked at 3:26.44 and the team was victorious on a Barnes’ lean at the finish line.

“It was so nice to end on a high note, winning the final event of the day,” Graham said.

Freshman Austin (A.J.) Smith was second in the high jump, nearly matching his personal record of 6’5. Freshman Aaron Yerk, who set a new MCC record in the pole vault yesterday, chalked up sixth place in the high jump.

May 1, 2009 – The Ashford University track and field squads made quite a final impression with wins in the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay on the final day of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Outdoor Championships in Dubuque.

The men’s and women’s teams finished fifth, and the final standings might have been different if Ashford had numbers to compete in every event. The men finished with 84 points, just behind Mt. Mercy College, while the women earned 50 points despite having only seven individuals compete.

“We are extremely pleased with our performance this week,” said Ashford Head Coach Tyson Graham. “We could see the progress pay off and there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years with our program.”

Freshman Laura Minertz continued to build on her first-day momentum, finishing runner up in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. She set a new school record at 12.73 in the 100-meter dash, and after defeating her heat in yesterday’s 200-meter preliminaries, Minertz clocked in with a personal-best time of 26.42.

Minertz and junior Kim Fabry were members of the 4x400 relay team that produced a sixth-place finish. Fabry finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100 and 200-meter runs while also bringing home points in the triple jump (seventh) -- an event she hasn’t competed for nearly five years.

Freshman Natalie Solms registered a personal record and finished second in the triple jump at 10.58 meters, getting edged on the final attempt. Brooke Funk recorded a 10.19-meter throw in the shot put to bring home eighth.

Senior Franklin Barnes sustained his national-qualifying performance from the first day and nearly qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the 110-meter hurdles. He finished almost a second ahead of Grand View University’s Matt Smalley and clocked in just .04 seconds off the national-qualifying mark of 15.29.

Barnes qualified nationally for the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday, punching his ticket to Edwardsville, Ill., May 21-23. Graham reports that it was a close vote for MCC Track Athlete of the Year between Barnes and William Penn’s Kris Miller, with Miller being announced the winner earlier today.

Barnes was a part of the 4x400 relay team along with John Gaffney, Ademola Are and Robert Phillips that brought home first-place hardware. The foursome clocked at 3:26.44 and the team was victorious on a Barnes’ lean at the finish line.

“It was so nice to end on a high note, winning the final event of the day,” Graham said.

Freshman Austin (A.J.) Smith was second in the high jump, nearly matching his personal record of 6’5. Freshman Aaron Yerk, who set a new MCC record in the pole vault yesterday, chalked up sixth place in the high jump.