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Indoor Track and Field - Thu, Jan. 19, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends Univeristy Indoor Track and Field programs traveled across town on Wednesday, January 11th, to compete at the Wichita State Shocker Prelude. an invite only competition in which five schools competed against each other in a scored meet where two athletes from each program have the ability to score in each event. This year's participants were Wichita State, Emporia State, Oklahoma Baptist, Angelo State and Friends University. The women's team placed 3rd, and the men's team placed 4th in a field of all NCAA Competition. The Falcons finished the meet with six National Standards, three event champions, and one school record.

Sprints: Natali Engle (JR/Goddard, Kan.) led the way for the women's sprints team with a school record and event champion performance in the 60M Dash with the NAIA #2 time of 7.64 seconds. Two places behind Natali was teammate Anika Ricks (SR/Wichita, Kan.), who also hit a lifetime best and qualified for Nationals under the NAIA 'B' Standard with her time of 7.85. Ricks also led the Falcons in the 200m Dash with her time of 26.90, while Engle crossed the finish line in 59.4 in the 400M for a 2nd place overall finish. Shelby Hundley (SO/Bern, Kan.) led the way for the 60 Hurdlers with her indoor PR of 9.62. Peyton Randolph (SR/Garden Plain, Kan.) was the Falcon's key component to the men's sprints program with a 7.30 finish in the 60M, 23.89 in the 200M, and 53.94 in the 400M. Jack Strickland (SR/Wichita, Kan.) made his mark in the 60 Hurdles with a 8.71 performance but he remains the #1 seed in the KCAC Standings with his season-best of 8.65.

Mid-Distance: Hundley also led the way for the Falcons in the 600m running a personal best and conference-leading time of 1:41.85. Payton Reaves (FR/Wichita, Kan.) was the lone Falcon in the 800m run hitting an indoor personal best of 2:36.89. Graeham Jarvis (JR/Wichita, Kan.) and Ethan Brittain went 1-2 for the Falcons in the 600M with times of 1:26 and 1:27.

Distance: The Falcons competed two of their best in the Mile run with Christa Follette (SO/Grinnell, Iowa) clocking a 5:27 with Brooke Burley (SR/Goddard, Kan.) not far behind in 5:33. The Women's 4x800 ran their first race of the season with a 10:20 around the 200m track using athletes who were all on their 2nd or 3rd race of the day. Damien Hiser (JR/Wichita, Kan.) continued his improvement in the 3000M with a lifetime best of 9:00.12 to place 5th overall in the meet.  

Jumps: Chelsea Baker (JR/Pittsburg, Kan.) put on a clinic in the jumping events as she brought home the meet title in the High Jump with a clearance of 5'7.75" which ties her own school record and currently ranks her #2 in the country. Baker also competed in the Long Jump placing 2nd overall with a leap of 18'0.50". Susan Mattingly (FR/Haven, Kan.) hit an indoor best in the Long Jump with a 17'1" jump, and also competed in the Triple Jump with a best of 34'11". Makayla Hollis (FR/Conway Springs, Kan.) was the #1 Falcon in the Pole Vault tying her indoor season best of 10'3", while teammate Naomi Bader (SO/Douglass, Kan.) jumped 9'3" on her first attempt before exiting the competition. Brent Dawson (FR/San Antonio, Florida) cleared 6' in the men's High Jump while Kyle Helberg (SR/Hill City, Kan.) cleared his first pole vault bar of the season with a clearance of 12'4". Randolph and Strickland both made their debuts in the Triple Jump this season at 41'+.

Throws: Newcomer Nyia Duncan (SO/Olathe, Kan.) had the most impressive throws performance for the Falcons during the meet with a new personal best of 38'2" in the women's Shot Put. Abby Belt (JR/Wichita, Kan.) was the Falcon's number one finisher in the weight throw with a toss of just over 44'. David Loucks (SO/Halstead, Kan.) made his presence known in the Weight Throw with a one meter improvement of 14.46m which won him the competition. Loucks also led the Falcons in the shot put with a heave of 12.16m.

Combined Events: Baker competed in the five pentathlon events over the one day competition and has entered the score into the national office as an official pentathlon. Her overall score on the day finished at 3313 which will have her ranked #2 in the country at this point in the season. Baker competed in the 60 Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, and 800m.

The Falcons will be back in action this weekend at Missouri Southern University in Joplin, Missouri for a two day meet.

Complete Meet Results:

National Standards:
Natali Engle – 60M
Natali Engle – 400M
Anika Ricks – 60M
Chelsea Baker – High Jump
Chelsea Baker – Long Jump
Chelsea Baker – Pentathlon

School Record
Natali Engle – 60M – 7.64
Previous Record – Angie Vailas – 7.69 (2014)

Event Champions
Chelsea Baker – High Jump
Natali Engle – 60M
David Loucks – Weight Throw