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      Several Truman State runners headed to the finals of the GLVC Track Championships

      The Truman Track & Field teams will send several runners into the finals on Saturday following the first day of action at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

      Na'Kea Shepherd qualified for a pair of finals on with the third best time in the 200 meter dash and the fourth fastest time in the 100 meter dash.

      Both times were personal best for Shepherd as she ran 12.44 in the 100 and 25.22 in the 200.

      Also advancing to Saturday finals were Taylor Dinyer and Rebecca Nelson in the 100 meter hurdles.

      Nelson was sixth at 14.74 while Dinyer was seventh at 14.77.

      Nelson ran 14.96 earlier in the day in the first event of the Heptathlon to finish third.

      The senior won the High Jump by clearing 5-01.75 while taking fourth in the Shot Put (33-09.50) and fifth in the 200 (26.44).

      Scoring points for Truman in day one were Laura Tarantino with a fourth place finish in the 10,000 meter run (37:57.13), Emma Burditt with a bronze in the Steeplechase (11:27.26), Katie Hirsch also in the Steeplechase at seventh, Beth Keene and Kathryn Livengood in the Triple Jump.

      Keene was sixth (35-04.50) and Livengood was eighth (34-00.75) and Laura Stark placed seventh in the Pole Vault (9-09.75).

      Dominic Kacich ran a PR time of 21.55 which was good for second in the 200 meter dash prelims.

      He will be joined in the finals by Nick Anderson (22.07). Anderson and B.J. Smith both qualified for the finals of the 100 meter dash.

      Smith ran 10.93 for seventh and Anderson 10.95 for eighth. Smith also qualified in the 110 meter hurdles at 15.40.

      In the throws, Matthew Smith scored the only team points on the day for the men with a fourth place showing in the Shot Put (50-08.25). Andy Viehmann was 12th, Alexander Cross was 13th and Drennan Johnson placed 19th.

      Smith topped his best in the Hammer finishing 10th at 156-08.

      The women are locked in a battle sitting in sixth position with 19 points, one back of two schools, four back of third place Southern Indiana and within striking distance of Lewis (39) and Indianapolis (63).

      Missouri S&T leads the men's field with 58 points.

      Courtesy Truman State University