MARYVILLE, Mo.— Loubert Dagrin (So., Miami, Fla., Sociology) hurdled better than anyone else as the Statesmen men’s track and field team faced off against its league foes at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Championship Friday and Saturday.
Dagrin won the 60-meter hurdles competition with a time of 8.32 seconds, helping William Penn to finish sixth out of 11 teams with 75 points. Grand View won the team crown with 196 points.
Three of Dagrin’s teammates just missed the top spot, settling for silvers. Joel Brown (So., Columbus, Ga., Engineering Technology) was second in the 60-meter dash in 6.93 seconds, while Mofiyinfoluwa Alade (Sr., Hoffman Estates, Ill., Exercise Science) took runner-up status in the high jump at 6-5.5. Jasper Stottlemyer (Jr., Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sociology) was also the silver medalist in the shot put at 51-4.5.
Each member of the trio scored points in another event as well with Stottlemyer taking fifth in the weight throw (51-6.25), Brown placing sixth in the 200 (22.57), and Alade ending up seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (8.73).
Jackson Coates (So., Aldie, Va., Engineering Technology) was not a winner or runner-up, but he was the only Statesmen to score points in three separate events. The sophomore was third in the triple jump (45-9.75), sixth in the long jump (22-5.25), and eighth in the 200 (22.61).
Moeller joined Coates by tallying points in the horizontal jumps, finishing fourth in the long (22-9.75) and eighth in the triple (43-1).
Jaelen Love (Jr., Crown Point, Ind., Secondary Education) took home bronze in the 400-meter dash in 49.86 seconds, while Axel Arzate-Vazquez (So., Wray, Colo., Sports Management) was seventh in the one-mile run (4:39.46) and Torian Kingston (Jr., Queens, N.Y., Sports Management) was eighth in the 60 (7.24).
The relay teams were good for some points as well. The 4x800-meter relay team (8:15.72) and the distance medley relay (11:14.85) both placed sixth, while the 4x400-meter relay crew was eighth in 3:35.99.
“All I can say is WOW!” Head Coach Allen Friesen said. “This team showed incredible courage and guts these past two days. We had a vast improvement from last year and I am so proud of them.”
Next Up: Alade currently ranks 14th in the high jump and Coates is 15th in the long jump, while the top 16 marks in the nation qualify for the NAIA Indoor National Championship on March 3-6 in Yankton, S.D.