Kierstin Stolley - Southwestern College Sports Information

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's track and field team posted four career-best and eight season-best performances in the David Suenram Classic on Saturday.  The Lady Builders competed in the meet hosted by Pittsburg State.

Sophomore Kari Blattner finished first in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:16.49, beating a career-best performance by four seconds.  Blattner's time is just .9 second shy of the National Qualifying Mark under the "B" Standard for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  Her performance ranks her number two All-Time in the 800 Meter Run at Southwestern College.  Taya Buchanan competed for Southwestern in the 200 and 400 Meter Dash races, posting times of 26.84 seconds and 1:02.40, respectively.

Taylor Needham ran a 1:01.71 in the 400 Meter Hurdles, finishing in second place.  The 4x400 Meter Relay finished fourth, posting a time of 4:00.75.  This is the team's 2nd fastest time of the season.  Blattner, Buchanan, Vogele, and Needham currently hold the top spot on the KCAC Performance List in the 4x400 Meter Relay

Senior Bailey Collier qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championship under the "A" Standard on Saturday.  Collier competed in the High Jump and recorded a height of 1.70m (5'7").

Southwestern will be back in action on Saturday, April 22.  The Lady Builders will travel to Hillsboro, Kan. to compete in the Tabor Invitational.

Southwestern Women's Results
200 Meter Dash
26. Taya Buchanan (26.84)

400 Meter Dash
7. Taya Buchanan (1:02.40)

800 Meter Run
1. Kari Blattner (2:16.49)
11. Justine Vogele (2:27.93)
20. Ashley Smith (2:45.40)

1,500 Meter Run
6. Justine Vogele (4:58.01)

100 Meter Hurdles
19. Bailey Collier (15.88)
22. Shaley Shumate (16.61)

400 Meter Hurdles
2. Taylor Needham (1:01.71)

4x400 Meter Relay
4. Blattner/Buchanan/Vogele/Needham (4:00.75)

3,000 Meter Steeplechase
2. Ashley Smith (12:10.01)

High Jump
3. Bailey Collier (1.70m – 5'7") **NAIA 'A' Qualifier**

Long Jump
17. Bailey Collier (4.94m – 16'2.5")
21. Faith Gaddie (4.43m – 14'6.5")

Triple Jump
8. Megan Milch (10.26m – 33'8")

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