COUNCIL BLUFFS – Powered by a strong showing from its middle-distance runners, the Hawkeye Community College men's track and field team sprinted to a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA Region XI Outdoor Championships hosted by Iowa Western Community College.
The RedTails claimed three of the top eight spots in the 800 meters as Konner Roth was second in 1 minute, 57.54 seconds, Landon Boomsma was third in 1:58.8 and Malcolm Myers was seventh in 2:01.45. Hawkeye also impacted the 1,500, with David Thompson and Peter Torkleson placing second and sixth in 4:11.26 and 4:20.06, respectively.
The relay events suited the RedTails, too, as the 4x800 team of Myers, Ryan Millikin, Torkleson and Roth placed second with a time of 8:00.97. Plus, the 4x100 crew of Brandon Beard, Kenneth Beard, Jakob Luna and Avery Moore was third in 42.63.
The RedTails also got key points from Zackary Conger, who finished second in the high jump with a leap of 2.03 meters (6 feet, 8 inches) and Cole Willert, who was third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 55.20. Nick Durnin took fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.48). Hawkeye's scoring was rounded out by a fifth-place finish from Durnin in the long jump (6.62 meters) and Jeremiah Jordan in the triple jump (12.28).
Iowa Central Community College claimed its 10th consecutive team title.
The RedTails head to Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., for the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 17-19.