Freshman Cassidy Smestad accomplished something that no other Bulldog had done in more than 30 years. Smestad was the Bulldogs only individual conference champion this year as she won the shot put at the GLVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. She was the first shot putter since Marlene Frahm to win the conference shot put in 1985. She earned a provisional mark during the indoor season in the shot and was 16th in the spring on the NCAA Division II outdoor performance list. She finished the season with a 15th place finish at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Bulldog women finished fourth as a team at the conference outdoor meet with junior Karina Critten earning All-GLVC honors with a second-place showing in the hammer throw. Critten earned a spot on the medal stand with a third-place finish in the discus, as did senior Marie Arnett in the hammer and junior Laura Tarantino in the 10,000-meter run.
Freshman Tahj Gayfield had his hand (or legs) in four third-place finishes for the Truman men at the GLVC outdoor meet. Gayfield was third in both the 110 and 400 hurdles, then was among three freshmen on both third-place 4×100 and 4×400 relay squads.
Senior Dominic Kacich ran provisional times in the 400 during both the indoor and outdoor season with freshman Elijah Farrales nipping at his heels. Kacich was fifth to Farrales’ fourth at the indoor meet, but in the outdoor meet Kacich was fifth and Farrales was sixth.
Junior Brice Pavey was the lone all-conference indoor Bulldog with a second-place finish in the mile.