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Season-Opening Qualifier Lives Up To Name

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Junior Peter Buscheck, an NCCAA All-American in cross country last fall, placed second in his event Saturday by running 8:53.61 in the 3000 meters.

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January 25, 2014
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Azusa Pacific Indoor Events Qualifier: Results

AZUSA, Calif. -- Forty-eight athletes representing the Azusa Pacific track and field program put together a list of 49 performances that met the National Christian College Athletic Association indoor national championship standards at Saturday’s season-opening Indoor Events Qualifier meet.

Eleven Cougars qualified in multiple events, led by freshman Teyana Poole, who registered NCCAA-qualifying marks in all three of the events she competed Saturday in addition to running a leg of a 4x400 meter relay team. Poole started the day with a time of 9.71 in the 60-meter hurdles, missing the cut for the event finals by just eight-hundredths of a second. She won the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 7-inches, and she took third in the triple jump with a distance of 36-feet, 0.25-inches.

The women’s team featured 21 individuals who put forward 26 NCCAA-qualifiers, and the men’s team added 16 individuals who combined for 23 qualifying marks.

The men’s performance was highlighted by two athletes who met the provisional qualifying standards for NCAA Division II’s national indoor meet, although the Cougars are not eligible to participate in NCAA championship competition this year. Senior Riley McKee ran a 1:55.37 in the 800 meters, while sophomore Ronald Douglas clocked 22.10 in the 200 meters, and both marks would be provisional qualifiers for NCAA Division II competition.

Senior David Schulte won all three events he entered, running a winning 400-meter time of 48.67 and jumping 22-feet, 2.5-inches in the long jump while anchoring Azusa Pacific’s winning 4x400 meter relay.

Other athletes who qualified in multiple events were freshman Benjamin Byer (60 meters, 200 meters), sophomore Cory Crawford (200 meters, 400 meters), senior Tomek Czerwinski (60 meter hurdles, pole vault), Douglas (60 meters, 200 meters), freshman Darren Geenen (long jump, triple jump), and freshman Matt Kenney (60 meter hurdles, 200 meters).

Multiple-event qualifiers for the women’s team included Poole (three events) along with senior Jordan Chesley (60 meters, 60 meter hurdles), senior Diandra Carstensen (800 meters, mile), and junior transfer Amber Panapa (weight throw, shot put).

Azusa Pacific returns to the track next week for a four-school meet taking place at Westmont on Saturday, Feb. 1, to take on the host Warriors along with Cal Lutheran and a partial team from Redlands. That meet is followed by two more meets on the road before the Feb. 21-22 NCCAA Indoor Championships in Kankakee, Ill.