Over Friday and Saturday, Missouri Western sent two teams to compete in two competitions, first in the Friends University Invitational in Wichita, Kan., and the David Noble Relays in San Angelo, Texas.
While in Texas, the women’s 4x100 team that consisted of Savannah Simmons, Aniya Kollore, Aneesa Abdul-Hameed and Hanna Williams set a Missouri Western record and an NCAA provisional mark with a third-place finish and a respected time of 46.75. Williams, a two-time All American in the 400m, established her first provisional mark of the outdoor season with a 400 time of 55.45.
The Griffon men did a great job during the two-day competition. Jordan Garr and Dallas Thompson finished in second and third place in the shot put. Additionally, senior Riley Gorham broke a school record, one he previously owned, in the men’s 1500 (3:54:44), and Michael Smith set a new program mark in the 400m (48.38)
Gorham spoke about how well his teammates did and their goals for this season.
"I think we came in with a lot of confidence. We were ready to compete because we still have a lot of strength from our indoor season," said Gorham.
"For me, it's nationals, and our team making nationals too, but getting top five at conference is a goal," Gorham stated with a chuckle.
During the Friends University Invitational, the Griffons also performed skillfully during the two-day meet. Camryn Huggans and Saquana Washington finished second and fourth, slightly mirroring Garrs and Thompson's performance over the weekend. Junior Paige Kvale finished in third place in the women's 800. In addition, freshman Alex Thompson set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles in his outdoor debut.
After the successful weekend, Garr was absolutely impressed with the underclassmen athletes.
“I have been impressed with the younger talents all around the events. Plenty of them broke school records and provisional marks in their indoor season,” Garr said. “I have no doubts that they will push themselves throughout this outdoor season. We have plenty of room to grow.”
The Griffon's track and field teams will be back in action on April 9, when they travel to Pittsburg, Kan., to participate in the 14th annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic. The last time the Griffons participated in the event was back in the 2018-2019 season where they won four events.