MOUNT VERNON–The Hawkeye Community College track and field season opened with a bang on April 6, as the RedTails' men's team placed second overall and the women placed fifth.
The men's team had an eventful meet, getting victories by Nick Durnin in the 400 hurdles (56.41 seconds) and Zachary Conger in the high jump (6 feet, 4.75 inches). The RedTails added second-place finishes from Cameron Williams in the 400 and the 4x100 squad of Desmond Stevens, Williams, Kenneth Beard, and Zak Packingham. Williams' 400 time of 49.24 was just shy of the NJCAA national-qualifying standard of 48.4. Hawkeye also placed three runners in the top eight spots of the 200, as Riley Little, Beard, and Stevens were fourth, seventh, and eighth.
The women's team was led by Emma Hartz's victory in the 400, and Joanna's Topham's second-place finish in the 1,500 with a 4:51.88, which hit the national-qualifying standard. Madison Larsen, meanwhile, contributed a third in the 5K.
"Our outdoor season just began this weekend, and we couldn't have had more perfect weather for a track meet," said head coach Tyler Mulder. "We look forward to the month of April as we have a lot of fun meets on the schedule."
The RedTails hit the road again on April 19 for a meet in Dubuque.