BROOKINGS — Mount Marty’s men’s 1,600-meter relay team advanced to the final and Seth Wiebelhaus and Mason Schleis sit in the top 12 of the men’s heptathlon after day one of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships which were held at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Sports Complex in Brooking on Thursday.
The team of freshman Donovan Brekcenridge, sophomore Jesse Van Hemert, senior Paul Paul and junior Nathan Simons ran in 3:13.76 in the 1600-meter relay to place third in the preliminaries. Life and Indiana Tech took the top two spots with times of 3:11.65 and 3:11.9 respectively. The Lancers finished second in the second inning, behind Life. Concordia also qualified for the final of the event with the final qualifying time of 3:16.54.
In the men’s heptathlon, Wiebelhaus is ninth overall with a score of 2,541. Two spots behind him is Schleis with a score of 2,506. The leader after day one is TJ Davis of Eastern Oregon with 3,000 points, followed closely by Lee Walburn of Carroll (2,952), Cole Wilson of Keiser (2,931) and David Arcos of Doane (2,907).
Schleis got off to a good start, placing third in the 60 meters with a time of 7.19 seconds. Both competitors were near the bottom of the long jump standings, with Wiebelhaus placing 14th (19-9) and Schleis 16th (19-4). Weibelhaus had a strong performance in the shot put, placing fifth at 38-6.25. In the final event of the day, Schleis placed sixth in the high jump at 6-2.5 and Wiebelhaus scored ninth at 5-11.
The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships continue Friday as the heptathlon wraps up and individual competition resumes. Brekcenridge and Paul will compete in the 400 meter preliminaries and Nathan Simons will compete in the 600 meter preliminaries. Marcus Jnofinn runs in the 60 meter preliminaries. On the women’s side, Gracie Rippen qualified in the pole vault and will compete on Friday.
The action ends on Saturday with the finals of the track events, including the men’s 60 metres, 400 meters and 600 meters as well as the 1600 meters relay.