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
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
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.