College of the Ozarks men’s track and field team opened their season with a great deal of success when they competed in the Ted Lloyd Invitational on Saturday, March 23. Nine teams participated in the event hosted by Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
The Bobcat men were eager to get out and compete, and today’s results provided great evidence of that fact. Following three long months of hard work amidst cold and wet weather, today each member of the men’s team either qualified for NCCAA Nationals or recorded a personal best result.
A summary of the Bobcat results are posted below, and a full list can be found here:
Kyle Kapella- 2nd place in the high jump with a personal best; qualified for NCCAA Nationals
Miles Mrowiec-finished 6th in the javelin with a throw of 45.47 meters; qualified for NCCAA Nationals
Ty Durnell- Personal best in the javelin with a throw of 41.20 meters
Garrett Pierce- finished 5th in the 5000 meter run with a personal best of 16:16.43
Dakota Cartwright – finished 7th In the discus with a throw of 31.67 meters and 9th in shot put with a throw of 11.85 meters
Louis Riddle – finished 6th is the discus with a throw of 33.35 meters and was 10th in shot put with a throw of 11.73 meters
Noah Kunce - competed in the 400 and 800 Meter runs with a personal best in both: 400 time-53.82 seconds and 800 time- 2:06
“It was a great first meet,” commented Coach Larkin, “and I am very pleased with today’s performance. I am so proud of these guys for being dedicated and working hard each and every day. I am excited to see what the rest of the season holds for the team.“
The men will compete next weekend in Baldwin City, Kansas at a meet hosted by Baker University.