MNU sports quick updates: Dec. 14, 2016
The men’s team currently holds a 5-5 overall record after losing its most recent game to Graceland University (Iowa) on Dec. 10. Junior forward Jonathan Green recorded a career-high 26 points in a loss to Grandview University (Iowa) on Nov. 28. Senior forward Justin Randall leads the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game. The Pioneers are set to play at home on Jan. 4 against William Penn University (Iowa).
Both the men’s and women’s team went to nationals on Nov. 19 in Elsah, Illinois. The men recorded a 28th place finish out of 37 teams and the women earned a 24th place finish out of 36 teams. The men were led by Brandon Velasco who came across the finish at 26:01.5 for the 8k race. The women were led by Halley Dean who clocked a time of 18.24.2 for the 5k race.
Track and field
The men’s and women’s teams competed in their first meet of the indoor season on Dec. 2 at the Bob Timmons Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas. In the first meet of the season, eight athletes hit indoor national qualifying marks. On the women’s team, Halley Dean, Erin Krohn and Kaylee Shanley qualified for nationals in the 3000 meter run. Both Brianna Blackwell and Ardeen Walker qualified in the 600 yard run. For the men’s team, Michael Lewis qualified in the triple jump, Christopher Graham qualified in the 60 meter hurdles and Devan Sawyerr took second overall and qualified in the 60 meter dash. On Dec. 11, distance runners Brandon Velasco, Wyatt Stark, Anna Heer, Bethany Brown and Breanna Barney ran a half marathon in Atchison, Kansas. All half marathoners hit the automatic qualifying mark to run the full marathon at outdoor nationals in May. The next indoor meet will be the Bill Easton Classic on Jan. 6 in Lawrence, Kansas.
The No. 9 Pioneers fell in the second round of the national championship tournament on Nov. 28 in Delray Beach, Florida. The Pioneers conceded a 2-1 loss to No. 8 West Virginia Tech. MNU’s lone goal came from a penalty kick taken by junior forward Tanner Hunjak.
The women’s soccer team made program history by making its first appearance in the national championship tournament. The team was defeated 1-0 in the opening round on Nov. 19 at No. 14 Reinhardt University (Georgia).
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Carlos Guzman ('19) is from Overland Park, Kansas and is the Sports editor for The Trailblazer. He is a biology major with an emphasis in pre-medicine and is also pursuing a minor degree in Youth and Family Ministry. Carlos is also on the cross country and track and field team.