WINFIELD, Kan. – Southwestern College seniors Colton McNinch and Chris Paddock, and junior Nick Warnke have been named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes. The honors were announced Saturday by NAIA officials.
McNinch posted the top 5,000 meter time in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in his final season with the Moundbuilders. The Arnold, Kansas, native recorded a time of 15:07.88 at the Emporia State Relays on April 5 in Emporia, Kansas. He also recorded the second-best 10,000 meter time in the KCAC (31:27.59) at the KT Woodman Classic on April 9 in Wichita, and competed in the 10,000 meter run at last week's NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Paddock, meanwhile, established himself as one of the top throwers in the KCAC in his final season. He posted the second-best discus throw in the conference with a heave of 48.07 meters (157' 8") at the Southwestern College Relays on April 26, and finished second in the Hammer Throw at the KCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in North Newton on May 2 when he recorded a launch of 43.5 meters (142' 8"). The Rose Hill, Kansas, product also finished eighth in the shot put competition at the KCAC outdoor championships with a throw that measured 13.09 meters (42' 11.5"). Paddock competed in the discus competition at last week's NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Warnke posted the No. 15 1,500 meter time in the KCAC when he completed the race in 4:11.49 at the Doane Relays on April 18 in Crete, Nebraska. He also finished 16th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:02.16 at the KCAC outdoor championships on May 2.
The Moundbuilder trio joins 13 othermen's track and field student-athletes from the KCAC that were recognized as NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must have achieved junior academic status.