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Men's 4x800 Relay Earns All-American Status at Nationals

Men's 4x800 Relay of Landon Boomsma, Konner Roth, David Thompson, and Peter Torkelson.
Men's 4x800 Relay of Landon Boomsma, Konner Roth, David Thompson, and Peter Torkelson.

EL DORADO, Kan. – The RedTails' men's 4x800-meter team sprinted into Hawkeye history at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships at Butler Community College this week.

The 4x800 relay team of Peter Torkelson, Landon Boomsma, David Thompson, and Konner Roth bolted to an eighth-place finish at the championships to earn the first All-America honor in the short history of Hawkeye's men's track and field program. The quartet finished the relay in 7 minutes, 48.23 seconds.

The RedTails' 4x400 combination of Kenneth Beard, Cole Willert, Brandon Beard, and Jack Jensen also cruised to a strong performance, finishing 15th with a time of 3:21.81. Individually, Hawkeye's Riley Little and Nick Durnin were 16th and 17th in the 110 hurdles with times of 15.401 and 15.406, respectively. In addition, Willert was 20th in the 400 hurdles in 55.62 seconds, and Thompson was 24th in the open 800 in 2:03.71. High jumper Zackary Conger 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 laid a strong foundation for 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 another outstanding recruiting class, the RedTails are poised for a phenomenal 2018-2019 season.