Evangel Track and Field Sets Records at Missouri Southern Open

by Philip Dowden

Shane Burns and D’Queveus Adkins took down Evangel record on Saturday at the Missouri Southern Lion Open. Burns went on to earn an NAIA “A” mark, while Adkins earned a “B” mark for next month’s National Championships.

News & Notes

  • Freshman D’Queveus Adkins set an Evangel record in the long jump with a mark of 23′ 0″ to finish fourth. Adkins broke the previous 11-year old mark set by Von Dixon of 22′ 3″. Adkins mark also earned him an NAIA “B” mark giving him the 20th best mark in NAIA this season.
  • Junior Shane Burns continued to write his name in the Evangel record books breaking the indoor mile record set by Austin Jacobs in 2011. Burns’ time of 4:19.14 broke Jacobs’ time of 4:28.13 to earn an NAIA “A” mark. His time ranks 13th nationally so far this season.
  • Duncan Gakuru finished third in the 3,000-meters with a time of 8:59.07. Gakuru moved into the top five in the Evangel record books with the time as well.
  • The Evangel distance medley relay team also set a school record with a time of 10:38.97 breaking the previous mark of 10:45.98 set in 2016. Gakuru, Grant Dewitt, Christian Davis, and Shane Burns finished third in Joplin.
  • Emily Standage also set an Evangel record in the 800-meters with a third-place finish of 2:27.60. Standage broke the previous record of 2:28.48 set by Kristen Ostrem in 2010.
  • Leslie Perona finished eighth in the mile run posting a time of 5:34.90. The time also ranks in the top five all-time at Evangel.
  • The women’s Distance Medley Relay team finished second with a time of 13:23.21. The group of Grace Wright, Emily Standage, Emily Sampson, and Leslie Perona also saw their time rank second all-time at Evangel.
  • Tara Sampson finished second in the high jump with a height of 5′ 3″ to set an Evangel school record. The previous record of 5′ 0″ was set by Lindsey Porter in 2003.
  • Joining Sampson in the top 10 of the high jump was Jaysley Cook. Cook finished sixth with a mark of 4′ 11″.
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