Warriors Prepare for NSAA Meet in Al Cassell Relays

The Waldorf University men’s track and field team used Saturday’s Al Cassell Relays to prepare for the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Championships.

The Warriors brought a small lineup to the meet as they continue to overcome injuries.

“It was a bit of a rough weekend for our team,” Waldorf interim head coach Kaylen White said. “We battled with several injuries and illness in addition to other unforeseen circumstances.  However, we still had some great performances.”

Aaron Ward earned first place in the 5,000-meter run, recording a time of 16 minutes, 18.30 seconds. The senior from State Center recorded a ninth-place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 4:19.11.

During the 5,000; senior Nathan Meiners raced to second (16:28.27), senior Ovan Garcia turned in fifth (17:14.68) and sophomore Jesse Vega ran to sixth (17:20.21).

“Jesse, Ovan, Aaron, and Nathan ran good races for us,” White said.

Sophomore Mark Ahlers, sophomore Jimmy Blankenship, junior Chasen Selsor and senior Cassidy Warson fielded a 4×800 relay team that captured first (8:59.73).

Ahlers charged to second (1:56.96) in the 800 and topped his previous outdoor school record.

Selsor put together a time of 2:07.29 during the 800.

Blankenship clocked a time of 2:10.83 in the 800, setting a 2.9-second personal record (PR).

Ahlers, Selsor, Blankenship and Warson made strong middle-distance contributions for the Warriors.

“The middle-distance guys did a great job,” White said. “They always run consistently well.”

Redshirt freshman Khalil Walker sprinted to second in the 100 (11.41).

“Khalil had a great 100,” White said.

Isaiah Craig claimed second in the triple jump with a distance of 12.96 meters (42 feet, 6.25 inches). The sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn. tied for fourth in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.79 meters (5 feet, 10.5 inches).

Redshirt freshman Cameron Newsome secured third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.89 meters (6 feet, 2.25 inches).

“Cameron and Isaiah both did really well in the jumps,” White said.

Sophomore Jonah Remker, Walker, Newsome and Craig put together a 4×100 relay team that took third (44.13). The 4×100 relay team made a 1.27-second improvement on the time it compiled during the beginning of the season.

“The 4×100 relay team did really well and looked really smooth,” White said. “It’s exciting to see that coming together heading into conference.”

Freshman Andrew Murley closed out the 10,000 in fourth (37:22.00).

“Andrew was able to finally race again after being out with an injury until now, so I’m really happy that he’s back,” White said.

Junior Demetrius Baker posted a new PR in the shot put with an 11.84-meter (38-foot-10.25-inch) toss.

“The team did a great job dealing with some setbacks and coming out on top,” White said.

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