By Cathryn Cavazos Sterling, KS — Feb 5, 2018, 9:00 A.M.
The Sterling College men’s and women’s track and field team spent their weekend travelling to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, to see if they could compete for the coveted bids to the national championships.
Both Friday and Saturday, the men’s team as a whole placed eighth. Over the whole weekend, the men saw a record-breaking fourth-place finish in the 4×8 event as well as the distance meter relay event placing sixth with a 10:45 time and a new school record. The freshmen represented Sterling College well and beat three school records. Pierce Wolters placed fourth in the 800-meter event, breaking his own record at Sterling College with a time of 1:57.98 and Josh Christian broke the college’s record in the 5k run with a time of 16:37.65. Trenton Schmitt, also a freshman, now holds the college’s new record for the 600-meter. Also placing was freshman Jordan Wallace with a runner-up title in the 60-meter hurdles.
On Friday, the women’s team placed seventh overall and Saturday the ladies placed sixth. Over the whole weekend, the women took third in the 4×8 event but really stood out in individual events. Junior Robyn See took fourth place in the pole vault event, as well as senior Lacey Buckwalter placing eighth in the 5K event, which awarded her all-conference. She also beat her personal record by 11 seconds. Junior Abby Reed also placed fifth in the 600 event, senior Lora Bebermeyer placed fourth in the 800 event, and junior Payden Shapland placed eighth in the 1000 event with a time of 3:21.
“It was a record-breaking weekend,” junior Payden Shapland said. “We had five school records get broken. It was nice to be in fellowship with each other [this weekend], everybody was cheering each other on. Everybody worked so hard during the season and it was cool to see it pay off during conference.”
The Sterling College Lady Warriors looked to shake off their hard-fought loss on Wednesday, as they took on the McPherson College Bulldogs in the Gleason Center on Saturday. Freshman point guard Kylah Comley and fellow freshman Alexis Theus combined for 48 to push the Lady Warriors past McPherson, 80-72.
In the opening quarter, McPherson came out strong to battle with Sterling. The Lady Warriors looked to keep the pressure on the defense by attacking the rim and going inside often. However, McPherson continued to strike on offense, taking a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, McPherson kept their foot on the pedal. The Lady Bulldogs would go up 19-12 with just under seven minutes to play. However, the Lady Warriors would fight back, using a quick 8-0 run to take a 22-19 lead with 4:22 left in the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs tried to stop the Lady Warriors run with a score, but Sterling would only keep powering forward making play after play. Sterling took a 36-24 lead at the break.
The Lady Warriors would continue to thrive in the third quarter, scoring six unanswered to take a 42-27 lead totaling its largest lead of the night. McPherson kept battling back closing in on the Lady Warrior lead throughout the quarter, as the Bulldogs cut the lead down to two 51-49 in the final minutes of the third. However, Sterling used a buzzer beater three and some free throws late in the quarter to give them a 57-51 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of the game, Sterling and McPherson battled it out. Being aggressive would help Sterling extend their lead throughout the remainder of the quarter, getting to the rim and the free throw line time and time again. McPherson would continue to fight, but they didn’t have enough to pull this one out, as the Lady Warriors would go on to defeat McPherson 80-72.
Comley led Sterling with 30 points for her second-straight 30+ point game, while Theus had a career high 18 points off the bench. Jordin Greer, senior, and Jessica Princ, senior, each added 13 points in the victory, while Kilee Harris, senior, had a team high of six rebounds and Comley added a team high four steals. Kennedy Sokoloski, junior, and Comley each had a team high three assists in the game for the Lady Warriors.
Sterling (5-3, 4-1) will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 6, as the Lady Warriors head to North Newton to take on the Bethel College Threshers at 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. McPherson College W 84-75
The Sterling College men’s basketball team looked to pick up their first conference win on Saturday, as the Warriors took on the Bulldogs of McPherson College. A career night from Kody Crosby, freshman, would propel the Warriors over the Bulldogs 84-75.
Early in the game, the Bulldogs started out hot, getting out to an early 11-4 lead. The Warriors continued to chip away at the lead, using scores inside from Crosby and JaMiah Windom-Haynes, freshman.
Haynes and Leye Oyatayo, junior, followed by a three-pointer from Christian Ohler, junior, to tie the game at 13-13. The Bulldogs would use a quick 6-0 run to jump ahead 19-13, but Windom- Haynes and Crosby would take over the game, as the two freshmen would go on a 21-6 run against the Bulldogs to give Sterling a 34-25 lead with 6:09 left in the half.
A pair of free-throws from Oyatayo and back-to-back scores from Ohler would help Sterling extend their lead, while Keyshawn McMahon, junior, and Trey Dubbert, junior, would add baskets for the Warriors, giving Sterling a 46-30 lead with two minutes to go in the half. The Warriors would finish the half strong scoring twice in the final minute to give Sterling a 51-32 lead heading into the break.
Sterling looked to continue their offensive surge into the second half, getting started with scores from McMahon andOyatayo to take a 56-36 lead early in the half. McPherson started making adjustments to find ways to chip into the Warriors lead. Midway through the half the score was 62-48. That’s when the Bulldogs started to make a run of their own late in the half, cutting into the Sterling lead to make it 68-63 with 6:42 left in the game. However, back-to-back scores from Crosby would push Sterling ahead 73-64.
McPherson still wasn’t done fighting, getting a few quick scores and hitting a three-pointer to make it 73-71 in the final minute, but a basket inside from Ohler and two pairs of free throws from McMahon would put Sterling ahead 79-75 with less than 20 seconds to play. The Bulldogs would start to foul to stop the clock, but Isaac Ostrosky, sophomore, and Oyatayo would hit free throws late to keep Sterling ahead, as the Warriors would hold off the late McPherson run to win this one 84-75.
Crosby led Sterling with a career high 30 points, while also pulling down 10 rebounds for a double-double. Ohler and Oyatayo each had 12 points off the bench, while JaMiah Windom-Haynes added 10 points in the win. Keyshawn McMahon had a team high eight assists in the game while Isaac Ostrosky had a team high two steals for the Warriors.
Sterling (3-7, 1-4) looks to continue their winning ways as they travel to North Newton, Kansas, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, to take on Bethel College at 8 p.m.
Indoor Track and Field
The Warriors started their season off at the Fighting Bee Opener hosted at the University of St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa. The Warriors had a strong showing at the opening competition, placing in multiple events. In the 800-meter run, Sterling’s Pierce Wolters, freshman, placed second followed by Zach Williams, junior, at third and Trenton Scmitt, freshman, at fourth.
In the 3,000-meter run, Josh Christain, freshman, placed third, as well as taking home second place in the mile runs. In the 60-meter hurdles, Jordan Wallace, freshman, earned first place. In the 4×400, the Warriors placed second.
The Warriors next time in action is in January at the Ward Haylett Invite in Crete, Neb.
The Lady Warriors traveled to Davenport, Iowa to compete in the Fighting Bee Opener. During the 200-meter run, Jaci Nelson, junior, finished fifth and Abby Reed, junior, finished 11th. In the 400-meter, Reed finished fourth with a time of 1:07:14.
02.00 3 Zach Williams JR Sterling 2:02.53 3 4 Trenton Schmitt FR Sterlin Wolters FR Sterling 2:02.00 4 3 Zach Williams JR Sterling 2:02.53 3 4 Trenton Schmitt
The Lady Warriors next time on the Track is in January at the Ward Haylett Invite in Crete, Nebraska.