SEWARD — Dylan Kucera of the Midland University men’s indoor track team continues to close ground on the school’s shot put record.
Kucera, a graduate of Fremont Bergan, placed second recently at the Concordia Indoor Invitational with a personal best of 55 feet, 2 3/4 inches. That mark is just one inch off of teammate Seth Sabata’s school record. Sabata, a Columbus High graduate, is sitting out the indoor season.
Kucera’s toss is the sixth-best in the NAIA this season and is No. 3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Fremont High graduate Nathan Houser had the Warriors’ top finish of the meet. He won the weight throw with a season-best mark of 66-5 1/4. That is just more than a foot off of his personal best set in 2018. Houser ranks third in the event in the NAIA and is second in the GPAC.
Houser’s former prep teammate, Ty Hansen, was part of a 5-9 finish for the Warriors in the 1,000 meters. Daniel Olson was fifth in 2:38.92 while Hansen finished in 2:42.66.
Jeremiah Harris of the Warriors recorded the fifth-fastest 60 meters in MU history with a 7.08 in the 60 meters. In the finals, Harris finished seventh in 7.74. His time in the preliminaries is the seventh-best in the league this winter.
Columbus native Chase Andresen finished sixth in the pole vault by clearing 15-1. Reid Kirlin placed in two events for the Warriors. He finished sixth in the weight throw (57-4 1/4) and eighth in the shot put (48-0 1/2).
Two other FHS graduates also performed well. Vivian Sanchez was second in the women’s 1,000 meters in 3:09.73 — the third-fastest in the GPAC.
Victoria Leffler placed seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 35-5 3/4. That is also the ninth-best jump in school history and the 13th-best performance in the conference this season. Leffler also finished 10th in the high jump (4-11).
The MU squads will compete in the GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday in Seward.