LAMONI, Iowa -- Freshman Billi Pipes raced to four medals Saturday as the Missouri Valley College women's track and field team claimed third place at the Heart of America Conference Championships in Lamoni, Iowa.
Pipes won the 200-meter dash (25.67 seconds), was third in the 100 and fourth in the 400 and long jump. She also anchored the Lady Vikings' third-place 400-meter relay behind freshmen Gabby Lovelace, Fanny Bertalan and Ausset Culberson.
Culberson came in second in the 400 low hurdles and joined freshman Sarah Niemeier and sophomores Hannah Wood and Tia Rider for third in the 3,200 relay. Niemeier was third in the 800 and senior Sara Stafford placed third in the shot put and fourth in the hammer throw.
Also of note were victories by former all-stater and Central Methodist freshman Katie (Wells) Olvera in the 1,600 (5:01.81) and 5,000 (19:31.21).
Valley logged 117.5 points, with Baker (271.5 points) easily taking the title. The Wildcats (298) also walked away with the men's title, the Vikings coming in fifth with 76.5 points.
Sophomore Tyler Davis qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships while finishing second in both the long jump (7.21 meters) and triple jump (14.03).
Junior Jon Leonard, who made the nationals cut in the decathlon at the Kansas Relays, got the lone gold medal for the MVC men by winning the 110-meter high hurdles (15.18). He also kicked off the third-place 1,600 relay in front of junior A.J. Wirts and sophomores Ignacio Franco and Kenneth Kipng'ethich.
Franco came in second in the 800, Kipng'ethich was third in the 400 and both joined junior Matt Leonard -- a national qualifier in the half-marathon -- and sophomore Reece Watkins for second in the 3,200 relay.
The Vikings will be at Emporia State (Kan.) on Saturday for the Sam Williams Twilight Qualifier, hoping to add to the six events for which they presently have NAIA entries.
OZARK -- Valley senior golfer Jordan Dickson of Ash Grove shot a 13-over-par 226 over three rounds Monday and Tuesday at the Millwood Golf Club in Ozark to win the Heart of America Conference Championships.
Dickson was near the top of the leader board heading into the third round, when he posted a two-under-69 -- six strokes lower than the second-best score -- to win the meet by seven strokes over two Evangel entries.
The Crusaders took the team trophy with 942 points, the Vikings second at 103. Also medaling for Valley was freshman Dave Wheatley, who tied for sixth place with a 237.
"Jordan has been our most consistent player all year," remarked MVC coach Jim Anderson. "He ended the regular season as the second-ranked golfer overall in the conference with a scoring average of 74.56."
Dickson's victory qualified him for the NAIA Championships, May 22-25 at Salem, Ore.
Five members of the Valley men's volleyball team were selected for all-MAMVIC honors for their performances during the 2012 campaign.
Senior Stephen Valdez of Amarillo, Texas, was named the MAMVIC West "libero of the year" for the second time. He led the league with 2.85 digs per game.
"To receive the ... honor two years in a row is a great accomplishment," noted MVC head coach Brett Holt. "Stephen anchored our passing and defense all season and his leadership and athletic ability will be missed next year."
Freshman outside hitter Caio De Souza of Recife, Brazil, was the conference's top rookie after averaging 3.89 kills per game. Honorable mention awards went to sophomore hitters Peterson Silva of Nova Era, Brazil, and Jacob Pederson of San Jose, Calif.
Sophomore setter Will McCracken of Goleta, Calif., earned academic all-conference honors for maintaining a 3.25 grand-point average.
A former MVC athletic trainer will be part of the U.S. women's wrestling team's medical staff at the London Olympic Games.
Carrie (Harmon) Moore, a Centerview native and 1999 Valley graduate, completed the necessary internship at the Olympic Training Center's Sports Medicine Facilities in 2010. A member of the Vikings' staff from 2004 to '09, she is currently an assistant trainer and associate professor of health and fitness sciences at Lindenwood.
In preparation for the Olympics, Moore will travel to the World Cup in Japan later this month and a tour of Canada in June.