The 2018 Red Raven indoor track & field programs have continued their history of excellence. In total, the program had 32 athletes qualify for NJCAA Nationals (21 men and 11 women).
"The team really came together as a unit. We had a great team atmosphere with a ton of positive energy," proclaimed head coach Craig Perry.
That positive energy and spirit of competition had the men's team rolling. On Sunday, February 18th, the men won the Jayhawk Eastern Conference championship and placed 3rd in the Region.
During the tournament, the men had four champions crowned. Freshmen Julien Gillum (600m), Dodley Thermitus (Triple Jump), and Miles Marhofer (Weight Throw) each represented Coffeyville and the track and field program with championships.
Currently, the men are ranked #5 in the NJCAA Poll.
While the four champions lead the way for the program, they weren't the only key contributors.
Thermitus (3rd), Brian Pittman (4th), and Darius Clark (8th) all placed in the top 10 for the Triple Jump. Clark also placed 8th in the Long Jump.
Johnathan Gullatt placed top 10 in the High Jump, while Gillum (4th, 600m), Jermaine Holt (3rd, 400m), and the Men's 4x400m relay team (10th) all had strong showings to help capture the Jayhawk East title.
In the Weight Throw, Marhofer (2nd) and Chase Dennis (6th) lead the way for weights and throws coach Robert Wood.
"Without that [positive energy], I don't think we could have pulled through and earned a team trophy," said Perry.
Not to be out done by the men, the women had an equally impressive run.
The women placed 3rd in the Jayhawk East while taking 6th in the Region. Currently, the women are ranked #18 in the NJCAA.
Sophomore Katrina Small was crowned champion for the women in the Triple Jump.
"Our women Triple Jumpers [Katrina] Small and KeKe West had an awesome performance to go first and second in the meet," said Perry.
Small and West both placed in the top 10 for the Triple Jump at the meet, going 6th and 8th respectively.
"We had several injuries that hurt us, but we really fought hard," said Perry.
Even with all the injuries, the women were still able to place #18 in the NJCAA. It is scary to think what this team could do when they are completely healthy.
The Red Ravens will compete in the NJCAA National Indoor on March 2nd.