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Men’s and Women's Track & Field Defend MCC Indoor Titles; Wells and Birru Named Field Athlete and Track Athlete of the Year


The Grand View men's track & field team defended its Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Track & Field title at the Westwood Sports Center in Sterling, Illinois, on Saturday. The Viking men won three individual events and a relay, tallying 207 team points, to outscore runner-up Ashford by 33 points (174). St. Ambrose was third with 101, followed by Mount Mercy (80), William Penn (67), Clarke (36), Iowa Wesleyan (26, and Viterbo (8). It was GV's second straight title and third in four years.

Senior All-American Tyler Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) was selected as MCC Men's Field co-Athlete of the Year. Wells won the shot put competition with an NAIA automatic national qualifying mark of 16.43m (53' 11") which was a conference meet record and a GV school record. Wells also placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 17.32m (56'10") also an NAIA automatic qualifying mark.

The Grand View women's track & field team won its fourth straight Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor title at Westwood Sports Center in Sterling, Illinois, on Saturday. The Vikings won six individual events and a relay, scoring 181 team points and outscored runner-up St. Ambrose by 21 points (160). Ashford was third (112.5) followed by Mount Mercy (95), Clarke (67) Viterbo (43.5), William Penn (30), and Iowa Wesleyan (5).

Senior All-American Obsie Birru (Des Moines, Iowa) was selected as the MCC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Birru won the 800m, Mile, 3000m, and 5000m races and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x800m relay. Her time in the 3000m was a meet record and NAIA automatic qualifying mark.

Grand View Head Coach Jerry Monner was voted by his peers as the MCC Coach of the Year.