Track, field prepare for Kansas

The men’s and women’s track and field teams took home a combined 10 individual first place finishes at the Blue Oval Invitational at Drake University this weekend.

Seven of the 10 awards came from the women’s side. The top performers were Grace Feeney and Cassidy Smestad. Feeney took the gold in long jump and the silver in the 100-meter hurdles. Smestad won the gold in shot put and the silver in both hammer and discus. The Truman State University Bulldogs dominated the podium in the 5,000-meter run, with Kim Kaster, Carly Garnett and Emma Harrelson taking first, second and third, respectively.

The men’s team had its share of medals as well. Mike Grasing took first place in the 5,000-meter run, while Carson Rohan won the steeplechase and Quinn Miller finished third. Brandon Hackamack fell an inch short on triple jump, taking home the silver medal.

Other gold medalists for the Bulldogs included Elle Renault and Hannah Sells, who won gold in javelin and pole vault, respectively.

The track and field team will compete next in the Kansas Relays at Kansas University through Saturday.