Emporia, Kan. - The York College Track and Field team had to change their travel plans at the last minute but that didn't phase the Panthers. Niether did the tougher competition, as they traded in the Hasting College Invite, to travel to Emporia State and compete in the NCAA Division II meet. The Hastings Invite was cancelled due to the weather and head coach Justin Carver started looking for another place to get his athletes to compete.
The first full outdoor track meet of the season for the Panthers saw one automatic NAIA national qualifer and 12 NCCAA national qualifiers. Mason Held (SO/West Fork, Ark) finished third overall in the 400 meter dash and qualified for the NAIA national meet with a time of 48.31. The men's 4x100 relay also saw great success as they finished sixth with a school record time of 42.50 seconds. The team consisted of Carter Price (FR/Rapid City, South Dakota), Mason Held, Brandin Fry (SR/West Fork, Ark), and Dean Simon (SO/Hudson, Fla). Their time also qualified them for the NCCAA national meet.
Carter Price also broke the school record in the 200 meter dash with his time of 22.17 seconds. His time also qualified him for NCCAA nationals.
The other NCCAA national qualifiers were:
Joseph Ventry (SR/Omaha, Neb) qualified in both the high jump and triple jump.
Brandin Fry qualified in both the long jump and javelin.
Molly Little (FR/Billings, Montana) qualified in the discus as well.
The Panthers will travel to Concordia on Saturday to compete at the Concordia Invite.