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A Weekend of Personal Victories for the RedTails at the SDSU Indoor Classic

A Weekend of Personal Victories for the RedTails at the SDSU Indoor Classic

This past weekend the Hawkeye Community College Track And Field team made the journey to Brookings, South Dakota to compete in the 2019 SDSU Indoor Classic. Events took place on both Friday and Saturday where the RedTails had an admirable performance; setting school records and new PR's.

Landon Boomsma qualified for nationals in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.47, joining his teammates Konner Roth and Payton Bahl who previously earned their ticket to nationals at the Jack Jennett Invite. Ryan Millikin ran a personal best time of 1:59.00 in the 800, just shy of the auto standard time to qualify for nationals. Head coach Tyler Mulder was impressed with how his men performed in this event stating, "The 800 meter men currently have the second best composited time in the country behind Monroe College in New York." Also on the men's side Johnny Smith set a new school record of 16:03.30 in the 5k. Nick Durnin And Riley Little qualified for the semi-finals in the 60 meter hurdles; Little placed fifth overall with a time of 8.31. Cameron Williams also left the meet with a PR in the 400 meter (49.69).

The RedTail women showed up in their events as well. Alayna Kollasch, Emma Hartz, Rebecca McDermott and Joana Topham set a new school record of 12:57.87 in the distance medley relay, placing them top eight in the country.

"I'm very excited for them to get this event qualified too, as I think it will do very well at nationals," said coach Mulder.

Alayna Kollasch also qualified for nationals in the 1000 m (3:10.70). Madison Larsen had an impressive performance in the 5000 m, posting a new school and personal record with a time of 19:13.70, also placing her 13th in the country. The women's 4X400 meter relay team of Sydney Davis, Emma Hartz, Krayton Allen and Megan Hudson broke another school record and placed themselves 14th in the country with a time of 4:14.85. Breaking a couple more school records, Sydney Davis ran a 1:01.26 in the 400 meter dash and 1:43.49 in the 600.

In the field for the women, Haile Cook put herself 12th in the country and also broke her own school record in the weighted throw (15.50 m). Mari Shavers set two new personal records in the weighted throw and shot put events, inching her way towards qualifying for nationals.

"I was pleased with how the team performed overall, with the long drive and the track being 300 meters around," Mulder said. "For most kids it was their first time on an over-sized track, which was nice for them to experience as the national meet will be on a similar track."