Track and field competes at Ottawa


Marilee Neutel

Myan Elrington and Erica Esch, seen above at the Baker Relays, helped their 4×400-meter relay team with Gloria Mares and Kiana Turner earn a PR with a time of 48.85 at the Kansas Relays. Image by Marilee Neutel.

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

Seven Baker athletes took first-place honors in the Ottawa University Invitational Saturday. The BU track and field teams competed at the meet along with seven other schools.

On the women’s side, three BU performers finished first in their events. Junior Kendall Holloman placed in the pole vault at 3.20 meters, sophomore Brenda McCollum in the 5,000-meter race walk with a time of 27 minutes 12 seconds, and sophomore Jordan Miller in the discus with a throw of 38.43 meters. Miller also placed third in hammer throw and fifth in shot put.

Four BU men placed first in the meet: junior Corey Matteson in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:05, junior Matt Bush in the pole vault at 4.27 meters, sophomore Nick Patterson in the javelin throw at 46.87 meters, and freshman Daniel Rivera in the 5,000-meter race walk.

The women’s hammer throw, men’s 110-meter hurdles, men’s 400-meter hurdles, men’s hammer throw, and men’s javelin throw all saw multiple Wildcats finish in the top five.

The Wildcats’ next meet be Saturday at the William Jewell Invitational in Liberty, Missouri.