On May 6, the Pratt Community College track and field team competed at the Region VI Championship hosted by Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City.
The weekend kicked off on Friday, Women's team started the weekend with the long jump. Adriauna Sirls took fifth overall to start things off for the women's team. Aaliyah Brown ran the 100m dash and took 10th with a time of 12.23. Tavaija Bennett Ran the fastest time for the girls in the 200m dash which also comes as a career best for her in a time of 26.26.
The men started the day with the 4x800m relay. The team of William Charles, Logan Krenn, Alex Viscarra, and Christain Collins ran a season best time of 8:27.37. Tyler bailey ran the 100m dash for the boys and posted a 19th place finish with a time of 10.93. for the men Christopher McEnery posted the fastest time for the boys in a time of 21.92 taking 17th.
"Day one started off a little rough," PCC track coach Josh Harden said. "We had one bright spot in Sirls taking fifth in the long jump. I was hoping that some of the rough performances didn't set the tone for how the weekend was going to turn out for us, and it didn't."
The second day started with the women's 4x100m dash taking seventh with a time of 48.32. The team of Tavaija Bennett, Anysia Romain, Sirls, and Brown reached the national qualifying mark and a school record with their time. Madeline Jacobsen wrapped up the women's weekend running the 400m hurdles with a season and career best time of 1:11.09. Her time sets a new school record in the 400m hurdles.
Day two for the men's team opened up with the 400m dash. Clifford Porter ran a career best time with 48.64 to take 10th. McEnery followed just behind with a time of 48.87 to take 12th. Charles ran the 800m taking 10th with a career best time of 1:59.19. Justin Moore took 10th, as well, running the 5k in a time of 16:40.25. The final event on the track for the Beavers was the men's 4x400m relay. A team of Anthony Paul, Juvens Pierre, Porter, and McEnery, took sixth overall with a time of 3:18.11. That time qualifies them for national meet and just missed the school record by .01 seconds.
"Our second day was a major turnaround," Harden said. "We had a lot of good performances. We had a school record fall and a lot of personal records broken, which I'm extremely pleased with. The focus is to always perform at your best around this time of the season. We will be taking eight athletes to the national meet in two weeks. We are prepping for that and planning to make that our best performance of the year."
PCC track and field will look to take more runners to nationals with a last chance meet on May 11. The team will compete at the Spire Twilight Meet in Leavenworth, Kan.