Patriots Open Outdoor Track Season

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The Dallas Baptist University Patriot Track and Field teams kicked off their 2013 Outdoor Track and Field campaign on a very windy day at the Tarleton State Invite. Competing against regional competitors such as host Tarleton State and Angelo State and, future Heartland Conference foe, McMurry University, the Patriots brought home ten Top Eight finishes, including a victory in the Women’s 1500 Meter Run.

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Sophomore Kelsey Bruce started off the day by winning the Women’s 1500 Meter Run in a time of 4:51.78. Bruce was followed in by teammates Ashley Spivey (4:54.24) in fourth and Julie Durrwachter (4:56.26) in seventh. All three ladies qualified for the NCCAA National Championships with their performances. Sophomore Glynnis Meade just missed out of the top eight with her ninth place finish in a time of 5:06.68. The Patriots had 16 ladies competing in the 1500 Meter Run.

Bruce, Durrwachter, and Meade swept third through fifth place in the Women’s 5000 Meter Run as well with their times of 18:08.88, 18:20.09, and 18:25.30, respectively. Senior Ashley Spivey just missed out on the top eight with her ninth place finish in a personal best time of 18:51.65. All four ladies qualified for the NCCAA National Championships with their performances. The Patriots had 12 ladies doubling back in the 5000 Meter Run.

Making their 2013 debuts were sprinters Missy Bush and Bryce Boling in the Women’s 100 Meters. Bush (13.86) was second in her heat, while Boling (14.16) was fourth.

Junior Jacob Phillips started the men’s day off with a third place finish in the Men’s 1500 Meter Run. Phillips ran 4:04.86 which will qualify him for the NCCAA National Championships. Teammate Chris Springer was also in the top eight with his eighth place finish in a time of 4:09.86. Sophomore Joseph Hale made his 2013 debut in the 1500 Meter Run taking fifth place in his heat.

Freshman Chris Springer doubled back to take third overall in the Men’s 5000 Meter Run in a personal best time of 15:25.77 which qualifies him for the NCCAA National Championships.

Freshman Devon Wright didn’t finish in the top eight but was able to secure a National Championship qualifying time in the Men’s 100 Meters and 200 Meters. Wright ran 11.09 to take third overall in his heat of the 100 Meters and was fourth overall in his heat of the 200 Meters with a time of 22.68.

The Patriots will be off for one week before competing as a split squad at the Victor Lopez Rice Twilight and the Bobby Lane UTA Invite on March 22nd and 23rd.