White punches ticket to Nationals in high jump

Southwestern College freshman Braydon Jones competes Saturday in the 60-meter dash at Missouri Southern State Lion Open in Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Southwestern College freshman Trey White qualified for Nationals in the men’s high jump at the Missouri Southern State Lion Open & Multi at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

The only member of the Moundbuilders to qualify for the Big Show, White won the event with a leap of 2.01 meters, qualifying with a B-standard. He became the first on the team to qualify for the NAIA National Championships.

The Builders enjoyed several personal-best performances Friday and Saturday at the meet.

Freshmen Myla Werschky and Sela Anderson placed 10th and 11th in their debut in the women’s indoor pentathlon. Abi Kerr recorded a season-best throw of 9.87 meters in the women’s shot put, joining teammate Jah’Maizhia Cox, who had a personal-best pitch of 9.60.

Michael-Julian Morris narrowly missed the finals in the men’s 60-meter dash, coming up short on qualifying for Nationals in his first-ever meet by just .15 of a second. He clocked 7.08 seconds, just ahead of fellow Builders Keyshawn Wyatt (7.2), Braydon Jones (7.28) and Jacob Walker (7.34).

Gabe Vannuchi placed ninth in the men’s 600-yard run in 1:21.97, mere seconds behind the winner. Manny Gonzalez ran the men’s 800 in 2:03.75.

Taya Buchanan rounded out the top 10 in the women’s 600 in 1:37.37.

Bailey Walser placed seventh in the women’s 800 (2:32.45), ahead of ninth-place Daegiona Wilson (2:36.82). Former Winfield High School standout Bri Hulse was in the top five in the women’s mile (5:31.23). Erin Floyd was 10th in the women’s 3,000 (12:24.6).

The women’s 4x400 relay team of Walser, Buchanan, Anderson and Adrien Jones finished fifth, while the men’s team of Jones, Larry Cotright, Zac Reed and Tumiso Tidimane took eighth.

The Builders compete this Friday and Saturday at the Pitt State Gorilla Classic. Other members of the team will head Saturday to Norman, Okla., for the Central Oklahoma Alumni Classic.

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