Track and Field Earn Honors at GLVC Championship


Two conference champions and a school record closed out the 2023 Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships for the Bulldogs, Feb. 26.

Jacob Morris earned a silver medal and all-conference honors. Morris broke his own school record when his third throw in his flight flew 19.88 meters (65-2.75) to break his previous best of 19.77 meters. Morris’ throw currently ranks 12th in Division II. He also closed out his indoor meet with another personal record, this time in the shot put as he finished fourth with a distance of 16.65 meters.

Sophie Oxandale won the first women’s individual GLVC championship since 2015 and first running event conference champ since 2011 when she broke the school record to claim first place in the 800-meter run. Oxandale ran 2:14.56, which broke the Bulldog indoor time of 2:14.75 held by Candle Hoskins since 2004. She becomes the first Truman woman to win an indoor conference championship in the 800-meter event since Mary Gray won the 880-yard race in 1983.

Oxandale had her feet in the second conference title for the Bulldogs as she ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay. Kendall Dasher, Raina Baker and Alayna Pipkin joined Oxandale on the medal stand with a time of 4:00.75. The last Truman 4x400 to win gold in the conference indoor meet came in 2003.

Baker placed fifth in the finals of the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.34, and Pipkin finished sixth at 1:00.67.

Addie Mathis placed fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:19.36.

Lexy Henrikson earned points with a fifth place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:08.34.

Natalie Telep set a personal record and scored for the Bulldogs in the shot put with a distance of 12.06m.

Kirsten Poole and Audrey Gilmore both had personal records in the 60-meter hurdles during the first night of the championships but did not make the finals. Poole ran 9.63 and Gilmore posted 10.50.

The men’s DMR team of Evan AuBuchon, Ryan Gustafson, Gavin Hill and Nathan Key placed fifth with a time of 10:27.19.

Key picked up team points with a fifth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:36.75.

Tyler Davis, 14.87m, and Leithym Messer, 13.15m, set personal records in the shot put.

The two Bulldogs that competed in the heptathlon both set personal records in the multi event. Hayden Long finished with 3,844 points while Jake Higgs ended with 3,812 points.

The men finished 10th in the conference meet with 22.5 points.

The Bulldogs matched their highest finish in the indoor championships during the GLVC era with a fifth place showing scoring 48 points. They last placed fifth in their first GLVC meet in 2014.
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