MOUNT VERNON–RedTail Track and Field opened the outdoor season at Cornell College on April 6, scoring multiple top-8 finishes on the way to placing second (men) and fifth (women) in team rankings.
The men's team had an eventful meet, placing 2nd overall in team points. Desmond Stevens and Zak Packingham added points to the RedTail scoreboard with strong performances in the 100-meter dash, placing third (11.23) and eighth (11.35) respectively. In the men's 200-meter dash, Stevens joined Riley Little and Kenny Beard to claim three of the top eight spots. Cameron Williams finished second in the 400-meter dash, just shy of the NJCAA national-qualifying time. Cameron Williams placed 2nd overall in the 400m, with a 49.24, just shy of the 48.4 NJCAA qualifying standard.
Placing 6th and 7th respectively, Payton Bahl and Ryan Millikin competed in the 800m. Nick Durnin placed first in the 400h, and Peter Torkelson placed 3rd in the same race. Desmond Stevens, Cameron Williams, Kenneth Beard, and Zak Packingham ran the 4x100 Relay, placing second. Head coach Tyler Mulder expecs this event to "make some noise" at Nationals. Zak Conger was the event champion in the high jump, landing at 6'4.75. All field events were covered by Cole Overton, where he placed 7th in shot put.
The women's team also showed up ready to work, placing 5th overall in team points. Paighton Malek and Kraton Allen placed 4th and 5th respectively in the 100m. In the 200m, Emily Hovden placed 9th overall, but set a new college PR for herself. Emma Hartz was the meet champion in the 400m, with Mulder mentioning her strength and excitement for the season. Joanna Topham hit the national qualifying standard in the 1500m, placing second overall with 4:51.88, and setting a new PR, and in the 5k, placing second with 18:56.55. Madison Larsen also placed 3rd in the 5k. Zarreel Knox placed 5th overall in the triple jump, and is expected to hit a big PR soon. Shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin were all covered by Mari Shavers.
"Our outdoor season just began this weekend and we couldn't have had more perfect weather for a track meet! We look forward to the month of April as we have a lot of fun meets on the schedule," said Mulder.
RedTail Track and Field hits the road again on April 19th for a meet in Dubuque.