WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's track and field program added more members to its national travel party at last weekend's Pittsburg State Indoor Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg, Kan. Freshman Shaley Shumate also recorded her first collegiate pentathlon at the Missouri Southern Lion Invitational in Joplin, Mo.

Pittsburg State Indoor Gorilla Classic
Just one week after missing a national qualifying mark by fractions of a second on the same track, the Lady Builder 4x400 Meter Relay team met the mark at Saturday's Indoor Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg. The team (Kari Blattner, Taya' Buchanan, Taylor Needham, Justine Vogele) crossed the finish line in 4:00.62, and came in two seconds under the NAIA 'B' qualifying mark.

Southwestern made itself known in a loaded field in the 400 Meter Dash. Sophomore Taylor Needham, who had already qualified in the event, improved her school-record time by winning the event in 56.37, nearly 2 second faster than the NAIA's 'A' qualifying standard. Kari Blattner also qualified for the national championship meet by running a 400 Meter time of 58.35, and missing the 'A' mark by just .2 seconds.

Senior Bailey Collier competed in the High Jump competition at the same event, and cleared 1.66m (5'5'25") for a mark that bested the NAIA 'A' qualifying standard. She had previously qualified for next month's NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship in Johnson City, Tenn.

Missouri Southern Lion Invitational
Junior Shaley Shumate completed her first Pentathlon as a Lady Builder on Saturday, and did so while competing nearly 40 miles southeast of the rest of her teammates in at the Missouri Southern Lion Invitational in Joplin, Mo. The Minneola, Kan., native, who transferred to Southwestern from Dodge City Community College, recorded 2,644 points in the event, and finished ninth.

Southwestern will conclude it 2017 indoor regular season slate on Friday, traveling to Manhattan, Kan., to compete in the Steve Miller Open, hosted by Kansas State University.

Pittsburg State Indoor Gorilla Classic
Southwestern Women's Results
200 Meter Dash
72. Taya' Buchanan (27.23)

400 Meter Dash (Unseeded)
1. Taylor Needham (56.37) **NAIA 'A' Qualifier – School Record**
10. Kari Blattner (58.35) **NAIA 'B' Qualifier**
39. Taya' Buchanan (1:01.12)

60 Meter Hurdles – Qualifying
29. Bailey Collier (9.55)

4x400 Meter Relay
12. Blattner/Buchanan/Needham/Vogele (4:00.62) **NAIA 'B' Qualifier**

Distance Medley Relay
11. Smith/Needham/Blattner/Vogele (12:54.92)

High Jump
3. Bailey Collier (1.66m – 5'5.25") **NAIA 'A' Qualifier**


Missouri Southern Lion Invitational
Southwestern Women's Results
9. Shaley Shumate (2,644)