The NCCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Friday and Saturday.
The two Flame squads combined for 12 new or improved national-qualifying times. Seven athletes improved their times, while five more reached the standard for the first time, including two that attained the necessary mark in their first appearance in that event this season.
Cayce Bryan ran the 400 meter dash for the first time this season and recorded a time of 58.81. She placed 41st, but the time beat the qualifying standard of 1:03.3.
Ode Fulutudilu’s time of 27.51 in the 200 meter dash was just under the 27.70 standard.
Jessica Childers knocked six seconds off her qualifying mark in the one mile run. Her time of 5:21.59 was 24th-fastest in the race.
The Lady Flames and Flames made their biggest impact in the 800 meter run. Emily Bryan (2:23.13) and Storyie Miller (2:27.59) improved their qualifying times, while Brianna Prugh finished under the 2:28 mark with a time of 2:26.66.
Emmanuel Kipchumba, Adam Gullette and Terris Elliott continued to improve their 800 meter times. Kipchumba moved up to 1:54.93, Gullette 1:57.63 and Elliott 1:57.98.
Seth Ruhling decreased his time in the one mile run by three seconds (4:31.37). Mark Cisco met the qualifying time in the 60 meter dash (7.28) for the first time with a time of 7.24.
Camden Perez ran the 3000 meter for the first time this season and made it count. Perez surpassed the qualifying standard of 9:10 by crossing the finish line at 8:47.82.
Fulutudilu placed 30th (8.28) in the 60 meter dash and was 67th in the 200 meter dash. Cisco was 25th in the 60 meter dash and 58th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.08.
Childers finished 24th and was joined in the one mile run by Rachel Riel (43rd, 5:59.00), Elizabeth Sillcocks (44th, 6:02.47) and Danielle King (50th, 6:22.42).
Ruhling placed 31st in the one mile run. Kennen Hindes was 38th (4:37.78) and Blake Smith was 48th (4:56.35).
Emily Bryan (33rd), Prugh (43rd) and Miller (44th) were joined by Emily Arnesen in the 800 meter run. Arnesen posted a time of 2:30.94 (50th).
Justin Knuth was 46th (2:00.82) in the men’s 800 meter run. Kipchumba was seventh, Gullette 18th and Elliott was 21st.
Ashley Matthews finished 30th in the 3000 meter run with a time of 11:05.40. Perez was 12th in the men’s race, while Joseph Crook and Patrick Shultz were 24th and 25th, respectively.
The women’s distance medley relay team placed fourth out of six teams with a time of 12:56.97. The Flames’ distance medley relay was 10th-best (10:58.33).
Kayla Gash improved her shot put from 4.63 meters at the BSC Panther Icebreaker in early December with a toss of 10.02 meters. Gash was 0.65 meters shy of the qualifying distance.