GREENVILLE, Ill. - The Park University women finished second and the men third at the American Midwest Conference Track and Field Championships in Greenville, Illinois, highlighted by Morgan Lindgren earning AMC Women's Newcomer of the Year after a third-place finish in the women's 10,000-meter run and fifth in the women's 5,000 meters.
The women's team score was also aided by Jerosan Fletcher, who finished second in the long jump and won the 200-meters, while Brittany Karst carded one of her best collegiate performances, winning a conference championship in the discuss with a throw of better than 36 meters.
Park's throwers posted a second championship throw from Aaliyah Brown, who won the shot put by more than a meter with a throw of 12.98 meters.
On the track, Park University's 1,500-meter runners piled up points on the women's side, as Rachel Franklin won the event, edging teammate Mary Beth Beiley by less than half a second, while Emily High finished third, half a second behind Franklin. Fletcher was back at it in the 400 meters, finishing second, while High finished second in the 800-meter run and Franklin finished third in the women's steeplechase and Samantha Guardado had a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters.
Daniel Thompson had Park's first win on the men's side, claiming a conference championship in the pole vault, followed by Marquel Harris, winning the men's long jump by edging William Woods' Denver Horn. Park's men also got a lift from the 4X800-meter relay team, finishing third, and the 4X100-meter relay team of Johnathan Hair, Harris, Danny Tucker and Javari Cameron won the conference championship, by less than half a second.
In the men's 400, Park had three runners finish back-to-back-to-back, as David Jackson finished third, followed by Hair and Christian McFadden in fourth and fifth. Jackson later finished third in the 200 meters and William Henry was fourth in the 800, while Ryan Zitter was third in the steeplechase and Park's 4X400 team was second.
"It was a good way for many of these kids to end the year, on a high note," said Park coach Brian Renshaw. "We have some work to do to get ready for nationals with those who are going, and I'm excited for them to get that experience."