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Track and Field - Mon, Apr. 17, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends University Track and Field team spent the week competing across town at the Wichita State KT Woodman Classic that featured over 1200 collegiate athletes. The Falcons finished the week with 10 National Standards, one school record, and one event champion. Chelsea Baker (JR/Pittsburg, Kan.) led the Falcons with the No. 2 ranked Heptathlon in the NAIA (4664) as well as jumping the No. 1 jump in the NAIA in the High Jump (5'10.5), and the No. 3 jump in the NAIA in the Triple Jump (38'8.25"). 


Anika Ricks (SR/Wichita, Kan.) led the Falcons in the 100m Dash with an NAIA "B" Standard run of 12.11, and also was the team's top finisher in the 200m with a 25.28. Jasmin Belsom (JR/Tatum, New Mexico) was the top finisher for the Falcons in the 400m with a collegiate best of 1:00.77, which moved her into the Falcons all-time top 10 list. Shelby Hundley (SO/Bern, Kan.) again led the team in the 100m and 400m Hurdles this week with times of 15.50 and 1:04.8. Peyton Randolph (SR/Garden Plain, Kan.) ran the fastest 100m dash of his career in 11.13, while Jonathan Ahumada had the Falcon's best time in the 200m with a 23.5. Jack Strickland (SR/Wichita, Kan.) was again the team's top finisher in the hurdles races as he ran a new collegiate personal best of 15.05 in the 110m Hurdles, and came back with a 58 second race in the 400m hurdles. The Men's 4x100 ran a season best by nearly a second to cross the finish-line in 43 flat.


Baker brought home the only event championship for the Falcons with a leap of 5'8" in the High Jump. Baker and Lauren Doll (FR/Leon, Kan.) also both hit the National "A" Standard in the Triple Jump with jumps of 38'8" and 38'1", which have them both ranked top six in the NAIA. Susan Mattingly (FR/Haven, Kan.) jumped 16'8" in the Long Jump, and both Naomi Bader (SO/Douglass, Kan.) and Makayla Hollis (FR/Conway Springs, Kan.) cleared 10'7" in the Pole Vault. Randolph had the best Long Jump for the Falcon men with a leap over 21 feet. Brent Dawson (SO/San Antonio, Fla.) cleared a season best in the High Jump of 6'3.5" to move him into the Falcons Top 10 List all-time.  


Tyann Isaacs (JR/Caldwell, Kan.) and Katie Bailey (JR/Leoti, Kan.) started off things right for the throws team with tosses in the Javelin over 120'. Kortney Schutt and Abby Belt (JR/Wichita, Kan.) both threw the Discus over 115', Schutt also lead the Falcons in the Shot Put with a toss over 37'. Belt led the Falcons in the Hammer throw, just as she has done all year, with a toss over 145'. David Loucks (SO/Halstead, Kan.) threw the discus over 120', and tossed the Hammer out over the 140' barrier.


Shelby Hundley and Christa Follette (SO/Grinnell, Iowa) were the Falcon's top finishers in the 800m run with times of 2:23. Follette came back and doubled in the 5000m with a season best time on the year of 18:59. Brooke Burley (SR/Goddard, Kan.) ran the 2nd fastest time in the KCAC this year in the 3000m Steeple Chase with her season debut of 11:41. Max Burley (SR/Ponca City, Okla.) had the best men's 800m on the day with a 2:02, with teammate Graeham Jarvis (JR/Wichita, Kan.) just behind him with a time of 2:02 as well. 


The Falcons had four competitors compete in the Women's Heptathlon on Tuesday and Wednesday with Baker, Doll, Isaacs, and Chelsea Ast (SR/Clearwater, Kan.). Three of the ladies hit the National Standard and are currently ranked Top 15 in the country. Baker led the team with a score of 4664, Isaacs was next with 4429, Doll 3rd for the Falcons in 3918, and Ast was 4th with 3418. Traditionally, a score over 4250 has a shot to make the national list at the end of the year. Doll will compete in another Heptathlon to try and increase her score enough to keep her name on the list and help the Falcons get three athletes qualified in the event for the National Championships.




The Falcons will send a select group of qualifying athletes to the 90th Annual Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park. The meet lasts from Wednesday through Saturday. The team will also be taking a large squad to the Tabor College Relays in Hillsboro, Kan., on Saturday.