STERLING, Ill. -- Mount Mercy brought home six individual titles and senior Jenna Higgins was named the Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year at Saturday's Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Westwood Sports Center.
Higgins won the 55 meter dash (:07.28) and 200 meter dash (:26.45) and finished third in the 55 meter hurdles (:08.67). It was the first time she competed in a hurdle event, but that didn't stop her from reaching a provisional qualifying mark for the NAIA indoor national meet.
Teammates Larissa Wilden and Mwale Kapande were individual champs as well. Wilden, the best high jumper in the nation so far this season, won the event on Saturday (5'-3 3/4") and added the 55 meter hurdle crown, too (:08.53). Kapande was the long jump champion (17'-11 1/2"). Both will compete at the indoor national meet next month.
Senior Bryant Rader claimed the lone men's title for the Mustangs, winning the 5,000 meters in 16:12.88. Senior Andre Moodie was runner-up in a pair of events, finishing second in the 600 meters (1:22.35) and 800 meters (1:58.58). Sophomore Tyler Hartley placed second in the mile run (4:27.36).
The men's distance medley relay team of junior David Carbajal, senior Blake Campbell, freshman Ian Darland and junior Mitch Johnson came in second with a time of 11:05.02. That, along with Moodie's time in the 600 meters, surpassed the old meet record.
St. Ambrose won both team titles. They ran away with the women's championship with 229.5 points, followed by Mount Mercy (165), Grand View (157), Clarke (72), William Penn (36) and Viterbo (Wis.) (24.5). The Bees earned the men's crown with 226.5 points. Then came Grand View (209), William Penn (114), Mount Mercy (69), Clarke (39) and Viterbo (32.5).