Frigid temperatures greeted the Pratt Community College Track and Field teams on both days of the Alex Francis Classic in Hays this past weekend. But the weather couldn’t stop the Beavers from putting in a good showing.


Frigid temperatures greeted the Pratt Community College Track and Field teams on both days of the Alex Francis Classic in Hays this past weekend. But the weather couldn’t stop the Beavers from putting in a good showing.

The men’s team placed fourth out of eight schools and the women’s team with only three girls competing placed seventh out of eight schools.

Leading the way for the PCC women was freshman Elena Botello. Botello placed third in the 400m dash with a season best time of 1:03.35, and fifth in the 800m run with a season and personal best of 2:31.99. Also running the 800m and placing eighth was freshman Nikki Pyeatt in a time of 2:54.70. Not to be outdone by her teammates, sophomore Ariel Haskin placed sixth in the shot put.

On the men’s side, PCC was led by two first-place relay finishes. The 4x100m relay team of Dustin Murphy, Corderro McBride, Manny Acevedo and Travis Burton ran a season best 0:43.01. And the 4x400m relay team of Bruce Blackshear, Alando Williams, Corderro McBride and Manny Acevedo ran a season best of 3:26.56. Manny Acevedo also placed first in the 200m dash with a time of 0:22.00, and third in the long jump with a jump of 22’9”. Other notable finishes at the meet were Dustin Murphy and Travis Burton finishing third and fourth in the 100m dash.

Joe Cordell placed fifth in the shot put and threw a season best 134’11” in the hammer to place sixth. The PCC men went second, fifth, sixth, and seventh in the 400m dash. Those placers were Bruce Blackshear, Dustin Murphy, Alando Williams and Pedro Medellin.

Coach Hall was pleased with his team’s effort on the weekend.

“I knew with the weather the way it was that we probably weren’t going to see too many good times,” he said. “However, we did see some improvement in a few events. But the main thing was, even though we are on spring break, we stayed after it, so now we don’t have to play catch up like we have in years past. And we didn’t get anyone injured this weekend which is also a plus.”

The Beavers will be competing at the Hutchinson Night Relays this weekend before taking the next weekend off. The meet will take place at Gowans Stadium on the campus of Hutchinson Community College. The throwing events will start at noon, with the running beginning at 3 p.m.