Track & Field Travels to Nebraska to Compete at Loper Invitational

Mike Smith

Dodge City Community College

Special to Rocking M Media




Dodge City track and field team hit the road to Nebraska to compete at the Loper Invitational on Friday hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney and competed against several NCAA Division II schools along with some NAIA programs.


One of the top performances came on the men's side of the competition for the Conquistadors as Erik Zamora raced to a time of 1:58.26 to earn second place out of 20 competitors in the 800-meter run.


Both Quest Weller and Shade Woodard each notched a fifth-place finish on the day at the Loper Invitational. Weller in the 400-meter run posted a time of 51.04 to take fifth, while Woodard in the 800-meter run finished with a time of 2:02.99 to place fifth.


For the Conquistador women, a pair of fourth-place showings highlighted the action, while two others finished with a sixth-place finish on the day. On'Hay Phillips with a time of 12.33 finished fourth in the 100-meter dash; her time was just 0.29 seconds off National qualifying standards. She also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.82.


Machala Hengen posted a time of 15.18 in the 100-meter hurdles to earn fourth out of 16 competitors in the event. She was just 0.47 seconds behind the National qualifying standards in the event.


A sixth-place finish was earned by both Shade Torres and Brianisha Rolling at the Loper Invitational. Torres posted a throw of 34.59 meters in the javelin to place sixth out of 20 throws, while Rolling with a time of 12.53 took sixth in the 100-meter dash. Rolling's time was just 0.49 seconds from the National qualifying standards.


The women's 4x100 meter relay team posted a solid time of 48.63 finishing just 0.42 seconds off National qualifying standards.


The outdoor season continues for the Conqs on Saturday, April 23rd when they travel to Concordia to compete in the Thunderbird Classic at Cloud County Community College.


Other Conquistador Performances at the Loper Invitational:

Machala Hengen – 400m hurdles (1:10.63)

Cynthia Delapaz – 5000m (19:50.90); 800m (2:42.50)

Edith Valdez – 5000m (21:01.58)

Karol Padilla – 1500m (5:19.15); 800m (2:28.88)

Yessenia Ornelas – 1500m (5:35.30); 800m (2:36.67)

Miranda Hernandez – 1500m (5:42.77); 800m (2:41.38)

Ruby Rojo – 1500m (5:51.02); 800m (2:45.57)

Krissalynn Henderson – 400m (1:04.81); 200m (26.63)

Brianisha Rolling – 200m (26.71)

Tishere Dockery – 400m hurdles (59.15); 100m hurdles (15.72)

Seth Ridenour – 200m (22.68); 100m (11.13)

Luis Casallas – 1500m (4:29.32); 800m (2:05.67)

Erik Zamora – 1500m (4:33.56)

Shade Woodard – 1500m (4:41.66)

Oziel Martinez – 1500m (4:57.54); 800m (2:20.98)

Quest Weller – 200m (23.19)

Kaleb King – 800m (2:14.31)

Ethan Burns – 400m (54.88); 200m (24.56)

Alan Cervantes – 200m (25.71); 100m (12.37)

Bryson Raymond – 400m (55.32); 200m (23.54)

Ethan Rushing – hammer throw (31.36m)

Miguel Loza – hammer throw (29.03m)