Thursday, May 30, 2013

Outdoor Nationals Recap

This past weekend out season came to an end at the 2013 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. We had four people qualify for nationals and three compete. here is a run down of how everyone did at nationals.

Holland McCoy - Qualified for Nationals in the Heptathlon, but was not in the top 16 so she did not compete.

Breanne Newton - Qualified in the 1500 and had a healthy season. first one in two year. She just missed making finals in the running 4:47.

Kristen Garwood - Qualified in the 5k and the 10k we decided to run the 10k at this national championship and it was not the best day for Kristen. Although she is only a freshman so we are looking for many great years to come. She did stay healthy all season and qualified for nationals in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

Nickola Shingles - Was the lone man for the Trojans to make it to Nationals. He ran a blazing 14.15 in the prelims to make the finals in the 110M High Hurdles. He Broke the school record as well in the prelims. In the final he hit just about every hurdle and finished 5th in 14.46. He garnered NAIA All-American status, and had a great season.

All in all it was a good year for the HLGU Trojan Track team. We had five NAIA All-Americans this year the most in program history. Over 15 people qualified for Nationals either in Cross Country, indoor or outdoor track and field. All in all it was a good year we look ahead now to the fall and the new cross country season that lies ahead.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Season of Firsts

This Indoor season was a season of firsts for the Hannibal-LaGrange University Track and Field Program.

1. Qualified our first ever Relay for Indoor Nationals - the Women's Distance Medley Relay, Made up of Breanna Newton, Holland McCoy, Mandi Riddle, and Kristen Garwood ran a qualifying time at the Indiana Relays.

2. We had our first National Champion - Nickola Shingles became the first national champion in Hannibal-LaGrange University history by winning the 60 meter hurdle race in a new meet record time of 7.86. This is a great feat for our program that has only been around for five years.

3. We collected 3 - All American honors - The most we have had at any single meet since 2011 when we collected 2 All American honors in the NAIA Outdoor Nationals.

4. Talented Bunch - At the conference Indoor meet we finished second on the men's and women's side in the team standings. But we took 3 of the 4 individual awards that you could possibly earn. Chris Smith was named AMC Male Field Athelte
Nickola Shingles was named AMC Male Newcomer of the year for track.

Holland McCoy  was named AMC Female Athelte of the year

Kristen Garwood was named AMC Female Track Athelte of the year and Newcomer of the year, this is the second time she has won these awards. She was named newcomer and runner of the year for the AMC conference in cross country.

At the beginning of the Indoor Season we set some very ambitious goals for our program. We met or exceeded those goals.

Goal #1 - Qualify 10 people for Indoor Nationals -
Actual - We qualified 8 people for Indoor Nationals

Goal #2 - Have 12 AMC Conference Athletes of the Week
Actual - We got 11

Goal #3 - Break 15 school records on the men's and women's indoor records
Actual - We broke 20 school records on the men's and women's indoor records

Goal #4 - 15 AMC Confernce Champions
Actual - 11 AMC Confernce champions -

All together we had 28 All - Conference performances (top 3) in each event,

It was a great Indoor Season.We know turn our attention to outdoor.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2012 Cross County Season By The Numbers

# of Meets - 7
# of States Visited  - 5
# of AMC Cross Country runners of the Week - 3
# of AMC All Conference - 3 - Kristen Garwood, Breanne Newton, and Taylor Whitmore
# of NAIA National Qualifiers - 3 - Most ever
# of NAIA Cross Country All-Americans - 1 - First ever Cross Country All American
# of School Record Broken - 2 the women's 5k and 6k
# of Personal Records - too many to count - Edward gregg broke his personal record in the 8k by over 4 minutes this year. Way to go Edward.

# of NAIA Academic All-Americans - 4 - Sarah Erickson, Edward Gregg, Nicole Greisbaum, and Jessica Bailey

AMC Honors
Kristen Garwood - AMC Runner of the year & Freshman of the year
Taylor Whitmore - AMC - Newcomer of the year

We had a great 2012 Cross Country Season, now its just time to build and get ready for 2013.

Highlights From Cross Country Season 2012

We started out our Season at the University of Illinois Illini Challenge On August 30th - Here are some links to the articles written by our SID Jordan Argo.

First of the race of the year in the books for the Men. Great way to start off the year.

Review of First Race for the women, everyone ran a great race and its a great way to start off the year.

We then trained the entire month of September and then headed to Rim Rock Farm and home to the University of Kansas. We ran well and got the jump on all other NAIA teams as Rim Rock Farm will host the 2013, 2014 NAIA Cross Country National Championships.

Our next meet was a home meet the Trojan Invite and we won both the men and women's titles. The team was told to stay together for the first mile and then they could race. It was pretty cool to see the Big Red machine rolling and running as a team.

On October 13 we traveled across the Mississippi river to Jacksonville, IL for the meet at Illinois College. The women's dominated the event winning the team title, and having Breanne Newton and Kristen Garwood go 1-2 here are the article links Women's Team - Men's Team

The following week we traveled to Grand Rapids Michigan for the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational Hosted by Aquinas College. This was a great meet. We wanted to go to a big meet and get some experience running in a large race. There were over 300 competitors. The women's team did not score but Kristen and Bre ran very well, in the top 15. We knew we might have a very special season on hand. On the men's side we ran very well, we are a young team and this was the type of big race experience that the men's team needed.

The conference meet was next on November 2nd - This is where we had to be our best to get to the NAIA National meet. The Girls team ran very well with Kristen and Breanne Newton going 1-2 and crushing the field by over 40 seconds. On the men's side Taylor Whitmore ran a great race and came away will AMC - All Conference honors All three qualified for NAIA Cross County Nationals. Here are the links to articles - Women's Team article - Men's Team Article

NAIA Cross Country Nationals was held November 17th in Vancouver Washington. Had a great time at NAIA Nationals. So Proud of all how everyone did. Kristen Garwood was 23rd at Nationals running 18:24 and recieving NAIA All - American status. She becomes the first ever cross country runner and only second female from Track and Cross Country to Receive ALL - American status.

Also Running at NAIA Nationals for the third consecutive year was Breanna Newton. Breanna Finished 32nd and ran 18:35, a great time and place. But just to put it into context her freshmen year she ran 20:10 and finished 205th. Last year she ran 20:28 and finished 243. Yes folks a little math will tell you that she improved 211 spots and took nearly two minutes off her time from last year. Easily the most improved runner in the field.

Here are the article links for story about Nationals - 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's Been a While

I know that it has been a while since we have posted on this blog, over a year. Over the next few weeks you can expect some new content and even a few more posts.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Newton Qualifies for NAIA Nationals

Trojan Sophomore Breanna Newton turned in a gutsy performance to qualify for the NAIA National meet in the 1000 meter run.  The HLG men and women traveled to Central College in Pella, IA for the Dutch Athletic classic, where Newton dominated the 1000 meter race.  Breanna led the race from the start, clocking a time of 3:03.97.  Breanna will be heading to the NAIA National Championship Meet in Geneva, OH March 1-3.

Congratulation Breanna, we look forward to some great results in Ohio!

Whitomore and McClaughy Join the Trojan Men and Women

Freshman transfer Taylor Whitmore (University of Wyoming) and Sophomore transfer Trenda McClaughry (Cowley County Community College) join the HLG Track and Field and Cross Country teams this spring. 

Taylor is from Cheyenne, Wyoming and was an all state athlete at Cheyenne Central High School.

Trenda is from Rich Hill, Missouri.  She was integral part of the Cowley County team placing sixth in the conference and seventh in the region in the outdoor 1,500-meter run.

Look for good things from Taylor and Trenda!

Trojans Off To a Good Start For Indoor Season

The Trojan men and women are off to a great start for the 2012 indoor track and field season.  After competing in four meets to date the Trojans have had some great performances.

For the first meet back after Christmas break, the team traveled to the University of Illinois to take on some challenging Division I competition.  Philiph Tonui set a new school record in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:52, falling six seconds short of qualifying for the National meet.  Fellow Trojan Ethan Huff had a great return from the break as well, clocking personal bests in both the 400 and 200 meter runs.

Next, the team went to the Goldstein Invitational hosted by the University of Indiana.  Sophomore Breanna Newton broke school records in both the 800 meter and mile run, improving her mile time by four seconds.  Ethan Huff also set a new school record in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:25.37, just three seconds off of qualifying for the National meet.  Zach Lewis opened his indoor season with a strong 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.  Finally, John Anderson conditionally qualified for the NAIA National meet in the Heptathlon.

Look for the Trojan men and women to continue to improve throughout this indoor season, breaking more records and qualifying more athletes for the National meet!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Newton and Tonui Compete at Nationals

For the second consecutive season, Lady Trojan cross country runner Breanna Newton competed in the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships held in Vancouver, Wash. Newton finished the 3.1 mile course in 20:28 with an average mile time of 6:36. Her finish placed her 243rd overall out of 323 runners.

Fellow Trojan Philiph Tonui also competed at the National Championships for the third year in a row. 
Tonui finished the five mile course in 25:23 with an average mile time of 5:07. He improved his time by 30 seconds from last season's national meet to place 60th overall out of 312 runners.

"As a coach I was very pleased with how Breanna and Philiph represented our school and how they competed," stated Coach Jex. "They did the best they could and that is all that I ask of them."

The Trojans now look ahead to the indoor track and field season.  They are slated to compete in ten meets this winter, starting with the Bob Timmons Classic at the University of Kansas on December 3rd.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Trojans Heading to NAIA Nationals

Breanna Newton and Philiph Tonui have both qualified for the NAIA Cross Country National Championships.

Newton ran a great conference race to qualify, running a time of 19:57 for the 5k race finishing in sixth place. This will be Breanna's second time at the National meet.

Tonui will be making his third trip to Nationals after finishing eighth at the conference meet with a time of 26:03. 
The National Championships will be held on November 19 in Vancouver, Washington.