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Indoor Track and Field - Thu, Dec. 15, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends University Track and Field Team opened up their 2016-17 Indoor season by attending two pre-holiday meets including the Shocker Multi's hosted by Wichita State and the Crimson and Gold Invitational hosted by Pittsburg State. The Falcons brought home eight National Standards between the two meets for an outstanding start to the season.

Lauren Doll (FR/Leon, Kan.) exceeded expectations in her first collegiate competition by finishing in 6th place at the Shocker Multis with a score of 3130 points in the five-event Pentathlon. That score is No. 2 all-time at Friends University and surpassed the NAIA National Standard of 2850 points. Highlights of her competition included running the hurdles in 9.46, long jumping 17'6", and running the 800 in 2:38. Doll set personal bests in three of the five events, and has a great shot to qualify for the Indoor National meet with her score.

Roughly 40 athletes made the trip over to Pittsburg, Kan., on December 10th to compete in the Crimson and Gold Invite with 30+ athletes hitting a personal best for their career. The Falcons were the only NAIA Program competing at the invite and brought home multiple top-five finishes. The Falcons were led be returning All-Americans Chelsea Baker (JR/Pittsburg, Kan.) and Natali Engle (JR/Goddard, Kan.), who combined to hit five NAIA "A" Standards during the one day meet. Baker won the High Jump with an indoor personal best of 1.72m (5'7.75") and broke the school record in the 60 Hurdles with a PR of 9.00. Engle hit "A" Standards in the 60 (7.72), 200 (24.69 – school record), and 400 (56.83).

Two other women hit National Standards for the Falcons at Pittsburg. Shelby Hundley (SO/Bern, Kan.) took nearly three seconds off of her indoor personal best in the 400m to run 59.01 and hit the "B" Standard. Doll hit her second national standard of her freshman campaign when she leapt out to 11.30m (37'1") in the Triple Jump to hit the NAIA "A" Standard and officially book her ticket to Johnson City, Tenn., in early March. Doll also dropped her 60 Hurdle time down to 9.24, which was only 0.04 seconds from the National Standard.

Other outstanding marks on the day were a school record toss of 15.04m in the Weight Throw by Abby Belt (JR/Wichita, Kan.), and a 1.99m (6'6.25") High Jump from freshman Brent Dawson (FR/San Antonio, Florida). Jessica DeWeese (FR/Pratt, Kan.) excelled in her first meet as a Falcon, running 8.10 in the 60M and 26.04 in the 200M. The Falcons had five female athletes compete in the 200m, with all five running sub 26.70. Bethany Vonada (JR/Shawnee, Kan.) led a pack of six Friends athletes in the 600 yard with a time of 1:33, while Graeham Jarvis (JR/Wichita, Kan.) led the men in a new personal best of 1:15. Anika Ricks (SR/Wichita, Kan.) had the best early season meet of her career after running 7.90 in the 60m for a personal best and coming back with her second best indoor 200m ever at 26.50.

Christa Follette (SO/Grinnell, Iowa) and Brooke Zimmerman led the way for the women's distance program with two great performances in the 3000m at 10:43 and 10:44. Isaac Sprague (SO/Concordia, Kan.) ran 4:38 in the Mile and doubled back with a 2:03 in the 800, while Brett Martin (SO/Wichita, Kan.) completed the same double in 4:48 and 2:06. Grace Aitken (JR/Maize, Kan.) dropped down to some shorter distance races and had some great success in the Mile (5:50) and the 800 (2:35) as well.

The Falcons entered five female athletes in the 60 Hurdles with four of them setting personal bests. Jack Strickland (SR/Wichita, Kan.) led the way for the men with a solid early season mark of 8.65. Makayla Hollis (FR/Conway Springs, Kan.) cleared an indoor personal best of 10'3" in the Pole Vault, while Susan Mattingly (FR/Haven, Kan.) started her Falcon career with a Triple Jump of 35'.

"I am extremely encouraged by some great early season marks from the majority of our team," said Head Coach Cole Davis. "A lot of our athletes started this season where they finished their indoor season last year, or even better. It shows us that the plan we have in place is working and that has the entire team excited to see what we can accomplish throughout the indoor season. We have some extremely talented individuals who will not be competing until after Christmas break, so it will be nice to see the team grow in size and talent when we start competing again in January. The Indoor regular season goes by extremely quick, so the next 3-4 weeks of winter break training will be vital to our team's indoor success.


The Falcons will be back in action in Wichita on January 11th at the Wichita State Shocker Prelude. The Prelude will be a five team scored meet between Wichita State, Emporia State, Oklahoma Baptist, Angelo State, and Friends University. The Falcons are the only NAIA team competing in the meet.