April 30, 2001
Men's Track & Field Competes at Drake Relays
The Truman men's track & field team competed on Thursday and Friday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The Bulldogs ran in four relays and one individual event at the meet.
Thursday's action saw two Bulldogs compete in the Invitational Men's 10,000-meter run. Junior Andy Doering (Florissant, Mo./McCluer North) brought home 11th place with a time of 31:18.58, while fellow junior Ben Rosario (St. Louis/SLUH) placed 14th in 31:31.11. Doering's time was good enough for an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark in the event.
On Friday, it was all relays for the Bulldogs, who placed fifth in the College division's 1600-meter sprint medley relay. The Bulldog team of freshman Brian Dzingai (Harare, Zimbabwe/St. George's), sophomore Alfonso Pugh (Galesburg, Ill.), senior Danny McDonald (Hermann, Mo.) and junior Matt Helbig (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit) turned in a time of 3:22.32.
In the 4x200-meter relay, McDonald, senior Vasean Nixon (Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar), Pugh and Dzingai finished sixth with a clocking of 1:25.95 after placing second in their heat with a mark of 1:26.15.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team placed fourth in its heat but missed out on the finals with a time of 42.49 seconds. That squad was made up of junior Nolan White (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge), junior Dave Mayhew (Prior Lake, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels), senior Chad Froelker (Owensville, Mo.) and freshman Mike Pope (West Burlington, Iowa).
In the Dr. Channing Smith College Men's 4x400-meter relay, White, Mayhew, Pope and Nixon placed eighth in their heat in 3:24.77.
The Bulldog men will be back in action this Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships in Joplin, Mo., on the campus of Missouri Southern State College.
Kingery Leads, Froelker Fifth After Day 1 at MIAA Decathlon
Truman State University junior Jake Kingery (Monroe, Iowa/Prairie City-Monroe) is the MIAA leader after one day of competition in the conference's decathlon competition.
Kingery won three of the first five events in the decathlon, which began on Sunday and concludes today. He placed first in the 400-meter dash (50.41 seconds), high jump (6'-7") and shot put (45'-7"). Kingery has compiled 3,890 points to lead second-place Joe Peppers, of Pittsburg State (Kan.) by 62.
Meanwhile, defending champion Chad Froelker (Owensville, Mo.) was in fifth place with 3,614 points. His top finishes on Day 1 were third-place marks in the high jump (6'-4.75") and 400-meter dash (50.85 seconds).
Day 2 events include the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1500-meter run.
Kingery and Froelker have both provisionally qualified earlier this season in the decathlon for the NCAA Division II Championships later in May.
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