Shockers Host Multi to Start 2019 Indoor Season

FROM GOSHOCKERS.COM — WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State kicks off the 2019 indoor track and field season with the Shocker Multi beginning Friday, Nov. 30 at the Heskett Center.

The men’s heptathlon kicks off day one of the Shocker Multi with the 60m at 2:00 p.m., followed by the long jump, shot put and finishing day one with the high jump.

Day two begins with the women’s 60m hurdles at 11:30 a.m., followed by the men’s 60m hurdles at 11:45 a.m. The women continue the pentathlon with high jump, shot put, long jump and finishing the competition with an 800m run. The men finish day two of the heptathlon with the pole vault and the 1000m run.

Wichita State’s Ben Johnson enters he competition with the No. 1 seed, the redshirt senior earned all-conference honors finishing second at the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships with 5,527 points. Johnson completed three heptathlons in 2018, finishing second at each meet. He currently has the fifth best heptathlon score (5,615) in Shocker history.

Other Shocker competitors in the heptathlon include, Grant Downes, Chandler Stiawalt, Lucas Shaffer, Davis Dubbert and Tristen Dagenais. Stiawalt, Dubbert and Dagenais each redshirted the 2018 season and will compete in a Shocker uniform for the first time.

On the women’s side Wichita State will enter eight student-athletes in the pentathlon, including six that redshirted the 2018 season. Claudia Rojo enters the competition as the favorite, her personal best score of 3,695 ranks No. 9 on the Shocker all-time list. Before redshirting the 2018 season, Rojo showed some promise completing three pentathlons and placing fifth at the MVC Indoor Championships in 2017.

Sydney Wilson, Kendra Henry, Carlea Miles, Maria Romero, Hannah Cole, Jalen Milligan and Kyleigh Severa each enter the pentathlon. Henry and Miles look to continue their successes from the 2018 season, Miles completed three pentathlons, bettering her score each meet. Henry completed four pentathlons, including three top-three finishes.

Former Shocker All-American Hunter Veith won last year’s event setting a school record at the time with 5,998 points. Kendra Henry led the Shocker women finishing third with 3,309 points.

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