The Missouri Valley College track and field team was split into two units Friday for indoor meets.
The Vikings had nine entries finish in the top 20 at the University of Kansas Jayhawk Classic, the men topped by freshman Ignacio Franco's eighth place in the 800-meter run (2:00.26) and ninth place for sophomore Andrew Longboy in the high jump (1.95 meters).
Franco, sophomore Xavier Ramon, junior Kenneth Kipng'etich and senior Kyland Sims came in 15th in the distance medley (11:02.56). Finishing 20th were Kipng'etich in the 400 (52.33 seconds), Ramon in the 600 (1:18.43) and sophomore Dewayne Williams in the 200 (23.26).
Sophomore Sarah Niemeier (1:32.45) and Tia Rider (1:38.35) were fifth and 13th respectively in the 600 and were joined by junior Amanda Buhr and sophomore Samantha Gilkey for 15th in the distance medley (13:48.95).
Freshman Austin Pinkston picked up a win for Valley in the 3,000-meter race-walk (20:31.98) at the Principia (Ill.) Relays. Junior Aursland Seymour barely missed the championship, by just .03 meters, while taking second in the long jump (6.25).
The combo of sophomore Bernardo Ferriz and freshmen Dnirion Neyland, Jacoby Bellard and Brynton Johnson twice finished second -- in the 800 (1:35.51) and 1,600 (3:44.78) relays -- and third in the 1,600 medley (4:12.10).
Sophomore Michael Barnes was third in the long jump (6.22) and sophomore Will Lee also came in third in the mile (4:52.94).
Leading the Lady Vikings was freshman Brittney Brisco with second place in the long jump (4.70). She also led off the runner-up 800 relay ahead of senior Sydney Holloway, junior Brianna Daniels and sophomore Carnekia Burnett.
Valley will compete this weekend in the Illinois College Invitational.
The MVC men's volleyball team won two of three matches over the weekend in the St. Ambrose (Iowa) Tournament.
The eighth-ranked Vikings opened Friday with a 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20 decision over Robert Morris (Ill.) as freshmen Justin Paquin and Stan Bosovik and junior Jake Haar combined for 24 of the team's 39 kills.
Junior Peterson Silva knocked down 11 shots and junior Will McCracken provided 30 assists and served five aces Saturday during a 25-17, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of Johnson and Wales (Colo.). However, the meet ended with a tough five-set loss to No. 5 St. Ambrose, 25-19, 25-22, 26-28, 23-25, 15-7 -- despite 16 spikes from Bosovik and 15 by Silva.
Valley picked up its first MAMVIC West win of the season Tuesday with a 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 home upset of No. 6 Grand View (Iowa). Silva knocked down 15 shots and pulled up 11 and Haar contributed 11 kills and seven blocks.
The Vikings (5-2, 1-1 MAMVIC) are on the road today at top-ranked Park.
The Valley men's wrestling team defeated MVC Invitational champion Maryville in a home dual Friday, 24-19.
The Saints -- a second-year NCAA Division II program -- won five of seven matches on the mat, but gave up 18 default points for open weight classes. The Vikings jumped out to a 15-0 lead on a pair of forfeits and a 3-1 decision by junior Willie Essex (141 pounds).
Maryville reeled off four straight wins, starting with a pin by fifth-ranked freshman Keenan Hagerty (149). That was followed by decisions for sophomore Joseph Moorhouse (157) and freshman Christian Loges (165) and an 8-0 major decision for sophomore Marvin Tischhauser (174) for a 16-15 lead.
After a default, the Saints (0-4) won the only clash of ranked grapplers, as No. 2 senior Matt Baker got by fifth-rated junior Josh Manu, 3-1, at 197 pounds.
The contest closed with No. 6 senior Daniel Mueller (285) claiming a 9-4 victory for Valley (5-4).
The Vikings, ranked 10th in the NAIA, will host No. 1 Grand View (Iowa) today.
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The sixth-ranked Valley women's wrestling team finished in sixth place with 26 points Saturday in the WCWA National Tournament at Bristol, Tenn., won by Simon Fraser (B.C.) with 116 points.
Four Lady Vikings medaled during the meet, with second-rated sophomore Jacarra Winchester reaching the 116-pound finals. Winchester knocked off No. 7 Logan rich of Oklahoma City, 5-3, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round and No. 5 Samantha Klingel of King (Tenn.), 2-0, 2-0 in the semi.
However, in the championship bout, top-ranked OCU grappler Joey Miller was able to get by Winchester, 0-1, 3-1, 3-1.
Also reaching the semifinals before suffering a loss was No. 3 junior Randi Beltz (130 pounds), dropping a 0-1, 1-0, 3-0 decision to second-ranked Shauna Isbell of Lindenwood. Beltz bounced back with two wins, a pin in the consolation semi and 2-0, 1-0 decision over No. 4 Audrey Morehouse of OCU for third place.
Third-rated junior Brittney Faust (123) split her first two bouts before getting three wins in the wrestleback, the second by fall, before being defeated in the consolation semi. She finished sixth after a medical default in the medal round.
A seventh-place showing was recorded by No. 8 junior Brittany Jones (170), who won three of four matches after losing her opener.
Valley returns to the mat this weekend for the Dave Schultz International at Colorado Springs.