Senior Rebecca Nelson was Truman track and field’s national qualifier as she competed and finished 12th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championship in Allendale, Mich. Nelson previously broke the school record in the heptathlon by scoring 4,982 and winning the combine events at the Kansas Relays in April. The previous record was set by Myrna (Moore) Meinke in 1984.
Freshman Sydney Cornett captured the first GLVC individual title for the Bulldogs by winning the high jump at the league’s indoor championship in Indianapolis. Cornett was joined by 13 others to score as the women finished third as a team. In the outdoor meet, Nelson won the javelin as the women again placed third in the team standings.
Senior Matthew Schaefer was an all-conference performer for the men with a runner-up finish in the 800 meter run at the outdoor championships. Schaefer, Nick Anderson, Dominic Kacich, Zach Thomas, Matthew Smith and a host of others led the men’s program to a fifth place finish, their best team effort in more than a decade.
Both men’s and women’s programs has successful seasons. The women won four combine indoor and outdoor meets that were scored, while the men won a pair of team titles this season.