DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Junior Jenna Higgins bettered her own school record and became Mount Mercy's second potential national qualifier and the Mustang track & field teams crowned four champions at Saturday's Sol Butler Open at the University of Dubuque.
Higgins won the 55 meter dash with a school-record time of :07.30 in the finals. That also met the NAIA's "B" qualifying standard for the indoor national meet. In December, senior Jacqueline Kane surpassed the NAIA's "B" qualifying mark for the 600 meter run. On Saturday, Higgins joined Mwale Kapande, senior Cortni Kooi and junior Larissa Wilden to set a school mark and finish runner-up in the 4x200 meter relay in 1:49.76.
Junior Stephanie Nibaur claimed the title in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 20:13.13. Senior Keely Danielsen finished second in the event in 20:38.11 and senior Britney Yotter was third with a time of 20:41.00. Kapande was a top-five finisher in a pair of events in addition to the 4x200 relay. She was second in the long jump with a school-record leap of 16'-10" and fifth in the 55 meters (:07.80).
Wilden took second place in the high jump (5'-3") with a leap that was fourth in school history and was runner-up in the 55 meter hurdles (:08.99). Kane placed third in two events, the 200 meter dash (:27.70) and 400 meter dash (1:01.93). Her time in the 400 meters ranks fourth on Mount Mercy's all-time list.
On the men's side, junior Andre Moodie ran to victory in the 800 meters, winning the event in 2:00.83. That narrowly missed Ryan Scheckel's school record of 1:59.25 set in 2000. Junior Bryant Rader won the 5,000 meter run with the fourth-fastest time in school history, 16:16.94.