The Buena Vista track and field teams began its competition during the Iowa Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday afternoon on the campus of the University of Dubquue.
In what was a day mostly containing of preliminary heat events, BVU will have a handful of individuals competing in Saturday’s finals.
On the women’s side, freshman Maggie Marker has qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash. She entered the championships with the eight-fastest time so far this season and qualified into the finals after posting her fastest time of the year (12.39) and the sixth-fastest qualifying time. Freshman Casey James, who had the 13th best time coming in, just missed out on qualifying for the finals, after finishing ninth overall in a time of 12.60 seconds – a time that was just .13 seconds behind the eighth and final qualifying time.
Marker then missed out on qualifying in the 200 meter dash by the slimmest of margins, finishing in ninth with a career-best time of 25.61, which missed out on qualifying by 0.01 seconds.
Senior Amber Woodford made her way into the finals of the 400 meter dash after taking fourth in the preliminaries by shaving two seconds off her previous best time of 1:00.04 seconds.
Rachel Burnette has guaranteed points for BVU in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles, respectively, after qualifying fifth in the 100 and eighth in the 400. Her time of 15.14 in the 100 was a new season-best clocking.
Vanessa Fietchtner did not place in the high jump, but did improve her previous best height by .01 meters.
Over on the men’s side, senior Tyler Case ran his season-best time of 10.92 in the 100 meter dash to qualify sixth into Saturday’s final. His time was just .60 seconds off the winning time.
Sophomores Ryan Eberly and Peter Winterton each made their way into the finals of the 400 meter dash, after finishing third and fifth, respectively, in the prelims. Each also ran their fastest times of the year by nearly a half-second each.
Freshman Seth Woodson won the prelims of the 800 meter dash by nearly a full second with a time of 1:55.20. That tops his previous best of 1:56.71.
Reid Zimmerman advanced into the finals of the 110 meter high hurdles, in what turned out to be an exciting race. He was edged out by .001 seconds for seventh, but edged out the ninth-fastest time by .01 seconds. Only .14 seconds separated the sixth and ninth place finishers.
Andrew Smith, last year’s Iowa Conference champion in the 400 meter hurdles will have a shot to repeat after qualifying third with a time of 56.51 seconds. He holds the second-fastest time this season at 55.31 seconds.
Nolan Sampson picked up the first official team points by either side when he took seventh in the high jump at 1.90 meters.
Saturday’s final day will get underway with the remaining field events starting at 10:00am. The men’s 10k and both 4x800 relays will also take place at 10:00am after they were each pushed back due to lightning on Friday night.
The first originally scheduled running event will be the 3,000 meter steeplechase which starts at 1:00pm.
Check out photos of our student-athletes in action in the Beaver sports photo galleries.