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Morningside track athletes earn All-American honors

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Morningside runner Breanna Mathes, left, takes the baton from relay teammate Hailee Heitkamp during a recent indoor track and field meet. Mathes, a Galva-Holstein graduate, set two Mustang school records this season. Photo contributed
GENEVA, Ohio - Several Morningside College track athletes earned All- American honors with their performances at last weekend's National Indoor NAIA Championships, which were run here.

The Men's 3200 meter relay team of Brad Wright, Taylor Chapman, John Harris and Monte Larsen won Morningside's first-ever national championship Friday with their first place time of 7:33.55, which allowed them to edge Wayland Baptist University (7:33.99) at the finish line. The Mustang quartet's winning time shattered their previous school record time of 7:38.75, which they had accomplished in Thursday's prelims.

Harris, a junior, is a graduate of Galva-Holstein High School and Chapman, a sophomore, graduated from Spencer High School. The splits included a 1:51.6 leg by Harris and a 1:50.3 anchor by Larsen, a senior.

John Harris, left, and Monte Larson of Morningside College run a race during a recent indoor track and field meet. Harris is a Galva-Holstein graduate. Photo contributed
Larsen also qualified for Saturday's final in the 600 meters, where he was edged at the finish line by Dewayne Booker of Wayland Baptist to finish second in the event for the second year in a row. Booker ran the event in 1:19.15 to Larsen's 1:19.34.

Morningside's Megan Glisar, a sophomore, won the national championship in the women's high jump with her leap of 5-8 3/4. She was undefeated in seven meets this season and broke the school record when she cleared 5-10 at a meet in Storm Lake on February 11. Glisar is a former Sergeant Bluff-Luton athlete who transferred to Morningside from the University of Iowa.

Breanna Mathes, a junior who prepped at Galva-Holstein High School, set a new school record in the women's 1000 meters with her fifth-place time of 2:56.75, which broke her own school mark of 2:57.09, set last year.

Mathes also ran a leg on the Mustangs' women's distance medley relay, which finished third in a time of 12:09.22. The team of Mathes, Lydia Bienlien, Hailee Heitkamp and Jessica Weborg had set a school mark of 12:05.51 in Thursday's prelims.

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