UPLAND, IN – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men and women's outdoor track and field teams finished up their first day of competition in the Crossroads League Track and Field Championships Friday evening. Both teams will continue play and finish the events Saturday morning.
Through the first day, the men's team is standing at sixth place with 21.33 points. The Lady Cougars have a total of seven points through Saturday, sitting in ninth place.
Two Cougars from the men's team hit NAIA National qualifying marks through the event.
Mitchell Soviak (SO/Richwood, Ohio) qualified for the NAIA B Standard with a throw in Shot Put of 15.40, which was good enough for 3rd place and an All-League finish.
Joey McDonald (SO/Lebanon, Ohio) qualified for NAIA B standard with a throw of 48.12 in the Discus, which was good for 2nd place and an All-League finish.
The Lady Cougars scored through several running events in the meet. The Lady Cougar 4x800 team consisting of Rachel Gerber (SO), Bethany Bogantz (SR), Kennedy Howell, and Alexis Kandel (JR) finished 5th with time of 10:04.
MaKenzie McKirgan (SO/Mount Gilead, Ohio) took 6th place in the 10K with a new school record of 39:55.
Thoughts from Coach Chip Wilson
"I am very proud of the effort our team showed in day 1 of the Crossroads Championship. Today was highlighted by 2 NAIA National Qualifying performances. Mitchell and Joey have worked extremely hard this season, and they have worked through limited resources and challenges to earn this opportunity to compete at the highest level. I look forward to the remainder of a great Championship tomorrow."