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SEWARD — A change in the schedule failed to derail Midland University thrower Nathan Houser on Thursday at the Concordia Outdoor Invitational.

The meet was originally scheduled for the weekend, but was moved up due to anticipated inclement weather.

Houser, a Fremont High School graduate, was one of several MU athletes to set season bests at the meet.

Houser won the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 119-4 and was third in the discus with a toss of 160-8. Both are his top marks for the season.

Teammate Reid Kirlin also recorded a season best with a toss of 156-4 to finish seventh.

“It was good to get outside and compete for a change. With spring break last week and less than desirable weather, it has been a while since we were able to get outdoors,” Midland coach Mark Kostek said. “Both Nathan and Reid took advantage of the weather early on and did well. As the meet progressed a storm front came through and hampered our athletes in other events with the cooler temperatures.”

Braska Patterson and Ally Muessel recorded top-ten finishes in the women’s 5,00 meters. Patterson finished fourth in 19:43.41 while Muessel was 10th in 21:15.12.

Vivian Sanchez and Kylee Smallfoot also set new season marks in the women’s 800 meters. Sanchez, a freshman from Fremont, was sixth in 2:27.26 while Smallfoot was seventh in 2:28.04.

In the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Rachel Pavelka was fifth in 13:48.56.

For the men, FHS graduate Ty Hansen was ninth in the 800 meters in 2:01.88 while Kasey Reeves was eighth in the 5,000 in 16:19.96.

Both Jeremiah Harris and Farrakhan Muhammad cracked the top 10 in the 100 meters. Harris finished sixth in 11.14 while Muhammad was eighth in 11.24.

The men’s 400-meter relay team finished in third place in 43.28. Team members included Muhammad, Abbas Muhammad III, Harris, and Travis Phillips Jr.

Phillips was also part of the Warriors’ 1,600-meter relay team that finished sixth in 3:38.81. He was joined by Jonathan Quintanilla, Hansen, and Micky Edwards.

In the jumps Midland had three athletes finish in the top ten.

Fremont native Victoria Leffler was 10th in both the women’s high jump and triple jump. She cleared 4-10 1/4 in the high jump and went 31-10 in the triple jump.

Abbas Muhammad III was sixth in the men’s triple jump at 43-11 1/4.

Up next for the Warriors is the Jim Duncan Invite. The two-day meet is set to begin on April 13 in Des Moines, Iowa.


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