Rutledge confident Nummela Nationals bound

The Lions competed at two different locations last weekend. Aki Nummela and Viktor Kuk competed at the Mt. Sac Relays in Calif., while the rest of the team competed at the Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg.

Head Coach Tom Rutledge thinks that Nummela’s time should be fast enough to punch his ticket to Division-II Outdoor Track & Field Nationals. Nummela’s time is currently places him eighth in the nation in Division-II.

In Pittsburg, seniors Kevin Wright and Andrew Wright both brought home the titles in their events. Kevin won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 53.12, his personal record, but just narrowly missed a provisional. Andrew won the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.13, his personal record.

Corey Reynolds and Seth Matlock competed in the high jump. Reynolds placed second with a height of six-feet, seven-inches.

“The upperclassmen are doing fine; it’s just that I don’t have enough of them,” Rutledge said. “The freshmen are still making freshman mistakes. They are good athletes. They are very good athletes—very talented—but they keep making high school mistakes.”  

The Lions are back at it again today competing at the UCM Mule Relays.