Warriors Compete at Concordia Invite, Houser Wins Hammer Throw

SEWARD, Neb. – Midland University saw several athletes set new season-bests on Thursday at the Concordia Outdoor Invitational on Thursday. The event, which was originally scheduled for this weekend, was expedited to take advantage of warmer weather.

Nathan Houser placed 1st in the men’s hammer throw as he threw a season-best of 199’ 4”. He also set a new season-best in the discus with a toss of 160’ 8” and placed 3rd in the event. Teammate Reid Kirlin was 7th in the men’s discus with a throw of 156’ 4”, also a season-best.

“It was good to get outside and compete for a change. With spring break last week and less than desirable weather, it’d been a while since we were able to get outdoors,” stated head coach Mark Kostek. “Both Nathan and Reid took advantage of the weather early on and did well. As the meet progressed a storm front came through and hampered our athletes in other events with the cooler temperatures.”

Braska Patterson and Ally Muessel recorded top-ten finishes in the women’s 5000m. They both recorded their fastest time of the season as Patterson finished in 19:43.41 and Muessel in 21:15.12 for 4th and 10th place.

Vivian Sanchez and Kylee Smallfoot also set new season marks in the women’s 800m as they finished 6th and 7th respectively. Sanchez ran a 2:27.26 while Smallfoot’s time was 2:28.04.

In the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Rachel Pavelka ran a 13:48.56 for 5th place.

On the men’s side in the 800m, Ty Hansen placed 9th with a time of 2:01.88 while Kasey Reeves ran a 16:19.96 for 8th place in the men’s 5000m race.

Both Jeremiah Harris and Farrakhan Muhammad were in the men’s 100m race and finished in the top ten. Harris was 6th with a time of 11.14 while Muhammad was 8th with a time of 11.24.

The men’s 4x100m relay team finished in third place with a time of 43.28. Team members included Farrakhan Muhammad, Abbas Muhammad III, Jeremiah Harris, and Travis Phillips Jr.

Phillips was also part of the top Warrior 4x400m relay team that finished 6th with a time of 3:38.81. He was joined by Jonathan Quintanilla, Ty Hansen, and Micky Edwards.

In the jumps Midland had three athletes finish in the top ten. Victoria Leffler was 10th in both the women’s high jump and triple jump. She cleared 4’ 10.25” inches in the high jump and had a best of 31’ 10” in the triple jump. Abbas Muhammad III was 6th in the men’s triple jump with a best mark of 43’ 11.25”.

Up next for the Warriors is the Jim Duncan Invite. The two-day meet is set to begin on Friday, April 13 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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