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.
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.