Aaliyah Brown and Imani Hutchinson, two of Park’s five participants at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, clinched All-America performances in their respective events during the weekend of Saturday, March 2.
Brown, a senior from St. Louis, put together another record-breaking performance in the women’s shot put to finish as the national runner-up.
Brown posted a series-best throw of 14.53 meters, topping her school record to place a personal best second place overall behind Olivet Nazarene’s Kylie Davis (14.66). Brown finished 24th in the weight throw with a toss of 15.10 meters.
Hutchinson, a Pittsburg State transfer out of Raytown, placed seventh in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70, after a preliminary time of 7.63. The AMC Newcomer of the Year, Hutchinson placed 13th in the 200 meters with a time of 25.24.
In other Park finishes, Bailey Turner, of Olathe, Kan., finished in 17th in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.38 meters. Odail Todd finished 21st in the 200 meters, clocking in at 22.10. Nicholas Rotich was 18th in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:35.31.
As a team, Park’s women finished in 28th out of 58 teams in the national competition.
PIRATES 3RD AT AMC MEET
The Park men’s and women’s track and field squads both placed third in the AMC indoor track and field meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Elsah, Illinois.
Three Pirates earned two individual conference AMC championships apiece, as Imani Hutchinson, Odail Todd and Aaliyah Brown all claimed a pair of titles.
Hutchinson, a Pittsburg State transfer, won and qualified for nationals in the 200-meter dash in 25.46 and the 60 in 7.73.
Todd, a senior from Jamaica, claimed the 200 title with a time of 22.22, in addition to the 60 in 7.04.
Brown, a senior from St. Louis, broke the Park school record in the women’s shot put, with a first-place heave of 16.01 meters.
Cirr Davis, the conference’s men’s newcomer of the year, claimed the league title in the men’s triple jump (13.62). Hutchinson claimed the women’s newcomer honors with her efforts.
Areka Hanson won the women’s 400 with a time of 1:00.53, to go along with her all-conference 200 finish (26.79).
The Pirates claimed runner-up honors in the 4X400 women’s meter relay, as Allison Anderson, Hanson, Shannel Watkins and Marina Rios teamed up to finish in 4:20.08.
Bailey Turner placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 5.47, good enough for qualification into the national meet. Nicholas Rotich also qualified for nationals with a 1,000-meter time of 2:32.21, claiming third place.
Anna Zirpolo was victorious in the 3,000-meter race walk event, finishing in 25:19.28.