Panthers to send six men’s runners, four women’s runners to GLVC track & field finals on Saturday

ROLLA, Mo.– Neither of Drury’s teams picked up points, but the Panthers advanced six men’s runners and four women’s runners to Saturday’s finals at the Great Lakes Valley Conference track & field championships in Rolla, Missouri, on Friday.
Men’s Highlights
John Schupbach missed points by just one spot in the long jump as he measured a leap at 6.56 meters, good for ninth place. The mark was a personal best for the junior from Monett.
Trevor Johnson qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash as he posted a time of 22.24.
Brendon Bena reached the finals in the 800-meter run as the senior from Jefferson City completed the two-lap race in 1:59.05.
William Kershaw posted the third-best preliminary time in the 1500-meter run, 3:58.50, and advanced to the finals on Saturday, along with Matt Moler (3:58.85) and Bena (4:00.31).
Liam Lynch also qualified for Saturday’s finals as he completed the 400-meter hurdles in 56.87 seconds.
Jacob Decker ran Drury’s fastest 10,000-meter time in a decade as the senior from Florissant, Missouri, finished 11th with a time of 31:38.23. It is the best time in that event for the Panthers since DU Hall of Famer Jamie Villa Zapatero’s time of 30:28.78 in 2011.
Jeremiah Ellison ran a personal best 52.03 in the 400-meter dash but missed the cut for Saturday’s finals.
Women’s Highlights
Ashley Childers qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash with a school-record time of 12.04. Childers will also compete in Saturday’s finals of the 200-meter dash after her time of 24.94 in the preliminary heats.
Imani Brown ran the 400-meter dash preliminaries in 57.36 to reach the finals in that event. Her time matched a school record she set earlier this year.
Lauren Shipley will also compete in Saturday’s finals as the senior from Adrian, Missouri, qualified in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.24. It was a personal best for Shipley and the second-fastest time in that event in the Drury record books.
Annabel White came in ninth in the 10,000-meter run and ran a personal best time of 39:20.36, the fourth-fastest time in team history. She missed picking up a point in the meet by 32 seconds.
The GLVC championships resume Saturday with field events starting a 9 am and running events getting underway at noon in Rolla, Missouri.