Hardrockers finish season strong during AFA Twilight Open
Release Date Monday, May 12, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- The South Dakota School of Mines track and field teams concluded the 2014 outdoor season this past weekend at the Air Force Academy Twilight Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Hardrockers finished strong with a number of competitive marks, two Personal Records (PR’s) and another school record.

Hardrocker junior Cori Christensen bettered her own SD Mines school record during the women’s hammer throw. Christensen measured a distance of 147-feet-6-inches and improved on her old record of 145-11 set earlier this season.

Senior Brian Freed placed in two events during the highly competitive meet. The Staunton, Va., native won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 191-9 and then secured third place in the men’s discus with a distance of 176-10. Freed has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Div. II National Outdoor Championships in both events, ranking first in the discus and 12th in the hammer throw.

“Freed had another great meet,” said Hardrocker track and field head coach Jerry Schafer. “It was very encouraging to see him move from second place during the prelims to winning the hammer throw in the finals. He will be a fierce competitor during the national meet.”

Freshman Garrett Lane earned a PR over the weekend during the men’s 110-meter high hurdle race. Lane took fourth place in the event clocking a time of 15.12 seconds. His PR was also good enough to break into the SD Mines’ Top 10 All-Time Performance leapfrogging over four former Hardrockers who all shared times of 15.14. The Littleton, Colo., native now holds sole position of the 10th fastest time in that event.

 “We were very pleased with how Garett competed this weekend,” Schafer said. “It was the best he’s looked all year and we are really looking forward to him competing next season and are expecting big things out of him.”

Senior Lillian Temple earned second place in the women’s high jump after clearing a height of 5-3.25 and just missed out on provisional qualifying for Nationals (5-7.25). Temple, from Glendive, Mont., also took fourth in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 35-5.5.

“Lillian narrowly missed qualifying for Nationals,” Schafer said. “She cleared 5-3.25 and passed to 5-7.25 which we believed would be good enough to get her into the national meet. She brushed the bar off but it was a great attempt to qualify.”

Other Hardrocker highlights included: junior Taylor Heaps was third in the men’s 400 dash in a time of 50.89; senior Seth Brotherton grabbed third in the men’s intermediate hurdles posting a time of 57.39; and Josh Thomas raced to a fourth-place finish in men’s 200 dash in a time of 22.59.

With the regular season at a close, Freed is the only Hardrocker that will advance to the National Championships, which will be held in Allendale, Mich., May 22-24.



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