CEDAR FALLS - The Hawkeye Community College Track and Field team showed up at UNI's Jack Jennett Invite ready to work, ending with nine qualifiers on Friday January 25, 2019.
The women's team did impressive work at the meet. Joanna Topham, Madison Larsen, and Alayna Kollasch all dominated in the 3k, and qualified for nationals. Topham also qualified for nationals in the 1k and 800 meter dash. Zarreeel Knox has also been improving in the triple jump, getting continuously closer to the national qualifier. Krayton Allen is only .03 away from the national qualifier in the 60 meter.
"Overall at the meet I was very happy with how the women's team competed and supported each other," said head coach Tyler Mulder.
The men's teams succeeded as well. Riley Little celebrated his birthday by smashing his PR on the way to the 60-meter hurdles title (8.28), and passed a legion of talented Panther runners for another PR and second-place finish in the open 200 (22.40). Payton Bahl, David Thompson, and Konner Roth qualified for nationals in the 800 meter dash as well, along with Ryan Millikin breaking the 2:00 minute barrier for the first time. Nick Durnin got a nice PR in the long jump (22' 2.5), hitting the auto qualifier again, along with Desmond Stevens succeeding in that event as well. In high jump, Zach Conger continuously hits the auto standard, so Mulder is expecting a big one out of him soon.
"It's nice to see consistency out of these guys," adds Mulder.