Elmore Gold Guides Statesmen at Heart Championship

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Crete, Neb.–Tristen Elmore (So., Ovied, Fla., Physical Education) claimed one conference crown and scored points in three other events to lead the William Penn track and field teams at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday.

WPU’s men placed sixth with 53 points, while MidAmerica Nazarene topped the standings with 175 points.

Elmore claimed the conference title in the long jump at 23-5.25. The sophomore, who scored 22.5 points for the navy and gold, fell just short of gold in the high jump at 6-6. He also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash in 23.02 seconds and was seventh in the 60-meter dash in 7.12 seconds.

Derek Robinson (Sr., Jenks, Okla., Communications) scored points in multiple events as well, taking fourth in the weight throw at 55-6 and fifth in the shot put at 41-1.75.

Earl George (Sr., Gaithersburg, Md., Biology) earned William Penn points in the heptathlon by ending up third with 3,681 points; the senior topped all participants in the shot put section.

Brenden Foster (So., Rock Hill, S.C.) also won a bronze, doing so in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.66 seconds.

Fourth-place finishes came from Mofiyinfoluwa Alade (Fr., Hoffman Estates, Ill.) in the high jump (6-2) as well as the 4×400-meter relay team (3:34.08).

Seth Davis (So., Farmerville, Texas) (20-5 in the long jump) and Dajon Shaw (Sr., Highland Park, Mich., Exercise Science) (7.12 in the 60) both fell just shy of tallying points for WPU by placing ninth.

The Statesmen women finished 11th in the team standings with 16 points; MidAmerica Nazarene swept the team crowns with 166.5 points.

Shelbie Williams (So., Hedrick, Iowa, Elementary Education) guided William Penn by placing third in the shot put at 40-11.75. Fellow thrower Elayna VanArsdale (So., Bensalem, Pa., Secondary Education) was in the top five as well, accomplishing her feat in the weight throw by taking fifth at 48-5.

Bree’Anna Lee (So., Broken Arrow, Okla., Biology) finished sixth in the 3,000-meter race walk in a time of 22:47.65, while Guadalupe Gonzalez (Sr., Houston, Texas, Exercise Science) was seventh in the 1,000-meter run in 3:18.24. Although she did place in the top 10 in the event, Gonzalez did also break a school record in the 3,000-meter run in 11:21.47.

Another school record was set by the 4×8 crew with an eighth-place time of 11:04.08.

Becky Cleppe (So., St. Petersburg, Fla., Physical Education) just missed posting points for the navy and gold as she was 10th in the weight throw at 42-6.

Individuals and teams who finish in the top three are awarded all-conference recognition, while those who finished from fourth to sixth are honorable mentions.

“Although I am disappointed in our finishes, I am not disappointed in the effort of our young teams,” Head Coach Allen Friesen said. “The future looks really bright for William Penn track and field.”

Next Up: William Penn will travel to Waverly next Saturday to compete in the Wartburg Invitational.

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