EL DORADO, KS–The Hawkeye Community College Track and Field teams headed south for the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships hosted by Butler Community College. The men's team would represent the RedTails in a total of six events at the championships.
The 4x800m relay team of Peter Torkelson, Landon Boomsma, David Thompson, and Konner Roth would headline the meet for the men, taking 8th place overall at the championships (7:48.23) and earning All-American status – the first All-American men in program history! David Thompson would go on to compete individually in the 800m, earning 24th overall (2:03.71).
The 4x400m Relay of Kenneth Beard, Cole Willert, Brandon Beard, and Jack Jensen would take 15th at the championships with a time of 3:21.81. Cole Willert would go on to compete individually in the 400m Hurdles earning 20th place with a time of 55.62. It would be Riley Little and Nick Durnin in the 110m hurdles taking 16th and 17th with almost identical times of 15.401 and 15.406 respectively. Rounding out the meet for the RedTails would be Zackary Conger in the High Jump who unfortunately missed his first three attempts, taking himself out of the running for points.
With the inaugural season in the books, the RedTail track and field teams have laid a strong foundation to build the programs into the future. The 2017-2018 season saw excellent performances from all athletes, even breaking into the national rankings a few times throughout the year. With an excellent foundation, and another outstanding recruiting class, the RedTails are poised for a phenomenal 2018-2019 season!