WINFIELD, Kan. – Warm, sunny skies served as the backdrop as the Bethel Threshers opened the outdoor track and field season here Thursday at the Southwestern Invitational held on the campus of Southwestern College. This track meet featured top athletes from Kansas junior colleges and other NAIA teams.

"It was a good start to the outdoor season," remarked Threshers head coach Jeff Hoskisson. "The athletes were able to take advantage of the warm weather and get a chance to finally compete again after a good training cycle since the end of the indoor season."


Kyle Wilson, Rashe' Boynton, and Katelyn Fatten used the warm temperatures to produce quality performances in leading the Threshers.


Wilson started the day out in the shot put tossing the 16 pound ball 44 feet 10.25 inches. It was the junior's first time throwing since high school. Wilson followed up his shot performance with a throw of 151-8 in the discus to finish sixth.


Boynton opened her outdoor season right where she left off in the indoor, running fast. She ran a strong race to finish third in the 100 meters turning in a time of 12.28 seconds. She backed that up with a sixth place finish in the 200, running 26.26. Boynton also teamed with Fantasia Johnson, Alyjah Kennedy, and MaKenna Price in the 4x100 relay to finish sixth in 51.59.


Fatten turned in her best 1500 meters ever running 5:16.38 and finishing seventh. She ran with the lead pack over the first lap and a half before falling back slightly but continued to run strong and nearly caught sixth place finisher Shaniqua Kirkpatrick of Coffeyville at the finish. Her mark is a personal best by over six seconds.


In addition to her leg on the relay, Kennedy had a strong day in the long jump. She finished seventh with a leap of 17-1.25.


Johnson added a seventh place finish in the 400, 1:03.85, to go along with her relay placing.


On the men's side of things, Calil Burnett and Bruce Rosario ran well in the 100 and 200 with Burnett running 11.17 for the 100 and Roasrio 23.31 in the 200. The duo also combined with Julio Martinez and Jaylan Randle to run 3:38.39 to finish fifth in the 4x400 relay.


Heath Goertzen established a personal best in the men's long jump with a mark of 19-5.25.

The Threshers are off next week because of Spring Break but will be in action again on April 1 at the Emporia State Relays.