WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams wrapped up the final day of the UNC Wilmington Seahawk Invitational on Saturday by setting a number of school records.
Mitchell Soviak of the men’s team and Kasey Keith of the women’s team were each also able to meet NAIA standard marks in the shot put to advance to the NAIA National Championships.
About a week after becoming MVNU’s first indoor NAIA All-American, the junior Soviak’s throw went 17.06 meters to win the event and meet the “A” standard, qualifying him for the National Championships from May 24-26 at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. Teammate and classmate Joey McDonald finished third in the event with a toss of 15.03 meters.
McDonald (46.23m) and Soviak (46.11m) also went one-two, respectively, in the discus throw.
Keith reached the NAIA’s “B” standard with a winning shot put of 13.23 meters to set a new school record.
MVNU had significant success on the track as well. The men’s side was highlighted by a third-place finish and new school record in the 100-meter dash from Carl Jones Jr. with a time of 10.82 seconds. The junior also set a new school record in the 200-meter dash with a fourth-place time of 22.26 seconds.
Noah Menuez and Clayton Slemmons finished three-four in the mile run for the Cougars with a photo finish. Menuez clocked a time of 4:32.22 and Slemmons 4:32.27. Menuez also was runner-up in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 6:48.51.
Freshman Missy Emery broke the school record in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter dashes. In the 100m, Emery ran a 13.16 to finish in 18th overall, and she earned 16th overall in the 200m with a time of 26.78 seconds.
Rachel Gerber posted a new school record in the mile run to cross the line in fifth with a time of 5:14.50, and Bryanna Bolha excelled in the 2,000 meter steeplechase with a second-place finish of 8:01.20.