LINCOLN - Dean Simon (SO/Hudson, Fla) and Mason Held (SO/West Fork, Ark) turned heads Friday afternoon at the Prairie Wolves Invitational hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan. Simon took first place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.99, in a field of over 40 runners. His preliminary time of 6.94 currently ranks him 14th in the NAIA this season and first in the KCAC.
Held took over the 400 meter dash as he ran a 48.50 time, almost a half second ahead of the second place runner. He is currently ranked fourth in the NAIA and first in the KCAC. He also now holds the school record for indoor. Held also broke the school record in the 200 meter run with his time of 22.29. It was good enough for third place overall and ranks him first in the conference.
Cameron Sorter (JR/Seaside, Ore) and Levi Swenson (JR/Benkelman, Nebraska) did well in the 800 meter run as they hold the top two times in the conference. Sorter finished in fourth place with a time of 1:57.77, which lead the conference, and Swenson finished in sixth with a time of 2:00.59.
Carter Price (FR/Rapid City, South Dakota), a transfer from Montana State, finished in the ninth place in the 200 meter run and currently sits in third place in the conference standings.
The men's 4x400 relay team also did well and currently holds the fastest time in the conference with a time of 3:30.00. After a dropped baton during the first leg the Panthers were still able to place 9th out of 15 teams. The team consisted of Evans Francis (JR/Omaha, Neb), Carter Price, Cameron Sorter, and Mason Held.
On the women's side of things Ashley Dugan (JR/Spring Hill, Fla) placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 16' 7.75". Her jump has her currently in third place in the KCAC.
The Panthers will travel to Seward this Sunday for the Concordia Classic.