Track Concludes Indoors at NCCAA

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Kelsey BruceGlynnis Meade, and the Women’s Distance Medley Relay squad led the DBU Patriot Track and Field teams at the NCCAA Indoor National Championships this past weekend, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University.

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photo from dbupatriots.com

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay was the first event contested for the Patriots over the weekend and the squad of Julie Durrwachter (1200 meters), Angelique Dupiton (400 meters), Ashley Spivey (800 meters), and Kelsey Bruce(1600 meters) ran a season’s best time of 12:31.74 to finish fourth place overall. Their track adjusted time of 12:23.78 is just three seconds shy of provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
“To run as well as we did and come away with a fourth place finish speaks to how competitive the NCCAA has become,” said eighth-year head coach Jacob Phillips. “We’ve never run 12:30’s here and not won. The girls ran the race we had planned to run and so there’s not much more that we could really do.”
The Men’s Distance Medley squad of Jacob Phillips (1200 meters), Andrew Price (400 meters), Landon Massey (800 meters), and Joshua Pauley (1600 meters) raced a season’s best time of 10:36.74 to finish 7th overall and score the only points of the meet for the Patriot men.
The Women’s 5000 Meter Run concluded the scoring on the first day for the Patriots with Glynnis Meade finishing fourth overall in a time of 18:31.85. Meade equaled her national ranking going into the meet with her performance. Following Meade was teammate Tawnee Wimsatt in seventh place in a personal best time of  19:19.51. Wimsatt was not ranked in the top ten going into the meet.
photo by dbupatriots.com

photo by dbupatriots.com

“Glynnis and Tawnee ran great races for us to score points at the National Meet. It was an extremely quick race with the top three ladies all going under 18 minutes, and so Glynnis and Tawnee both had to hang tough with quick paces and finish strong,” said Phillips.
On day two of the meet the Patriots got strong efforts from the Women’s Mile and 3000 Meters. Senior Ashley Spiveywas eighth overall in the Women’s Mile with a personal best time of 5:17.73. Spivey came back to run the Women’s 3000 Meters and set a personal best of 10:53.13 to finish 12th overall.
In the Women’s 3000 Meter Run Kelsey Bruce was fourth overall in a personal best time of 10:26.78, just .67 seconds out of third place. Teammate Julie Durrwachter was seventh overall in a personal best time of 10:31.82, just .41 seconds out of sixth place. Glynnis Meade set a seasonal best in 10:43.38 to finish 11th overall.
“The ladies in the 3000 Meters ran tough. When three ladies run personal bests and another runs a seasonal best, you can’t really complain with that! I feel like that’s how the whole meet went for us – personal bests and seasonal bests. I’m excited to see this group continue to improve,” added Phillips.
The Patriot Track and Field programs will open their Outdoor Season on March 7th at Tarleton State University.