Hardrockers hit their stride at UNC Meet
Release Date Monday, April 7, 2014

GREELEY, Colo. --- After some last-minute rearranging to the schedule, the South Dakota School of Mines track and field teams represented themselves very well during the University of Northern Colorado’s Tom Benich Invitational Saturday in Greeley, Colo.

The Hardrockers were originally slated to travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for the Vance Butler Invite at Augustana College, but predicted inclement weather forecasts sent the SD Mines squads in the other direction.

It proved to be beneficial for SD Mines as the Hardrockers brought home another school record and 15 personal records (PR’s).

Senior Brian Freed broke the SD Mines school record during the men’s hammer throw. The Staunton, Va., native recorded a distance of 193-feet-7-inches and earned third place in the event. The old record of 190-7 was held by Everett Brill from 2012.

Freed, a Civil / Environmental Engineering major, is also a record holder in the men’s discus (184-2 from 2013). He is provisionally qualified for the national meet (May 22-24 in Allendale, Mich.) in the hammer throw and discus and ranked in the Top 35 in the shot put.

During Saturday’s meet, Freed also did well in the men’s shot put with a fourth-place showing after a toss of 51-1.5 and then took second in the men’s discus with a throw of 173-5.

“Freed improved all his marks this weekend and held his national ranking positions,” Hardrocker track and field head coach Jerry Schafer said. “He didn’t gain any ground on the national scale, but more importantly he didn’t lose any ground either.”

Other top Hardrocker performances included: sophomore Riley Hosman won the men’s pole vault after clearing a height of 12-7.5; freshman Kassidy Knutson earned second place during women’s 5-kilometer run with a time of 21 minutes 34.11 which was also a new PR for her;  freshman Kevin Noto won the men’s 5K race and set a new PR with a time of 16:21.04; freshman Max Hanna came in second during the men’s javelin after a throw of 158-10; senior Lucas Nolan took third in the men’s high jump after clearing a height of 6-6; freshman Shenae La Croix earned third place in the women’s 5K clocking a time of 22:28.56; freshman Ryan Wright was third in the men’s 5K race after clocking a time of 16:35.45 and set a new PR; the men’s 4x100 relay team, made up of senior Seth Brotherton, sophomore Ethan Sager, freshman Sean Earley and junior Tim Crenshaw, grabbed third in a time of 43.83; the men’s 4x400 team, made up of Earley, freshman  Cameron, junior Taylor Heaps and Brotherton took fourth in a time of 3:33.23; and junior Charles Biberg was fifth in the men’s 5K in a time of 17:50.34.

Other Hardrockers who earned PR’s included: junior Kaelyn Kenner in the women’s 400 dash (1:04.60); during the men’s high hurdles - freshmen Garrett Lane (15.29), Zach Huber (16.54), Marcus Cannon (16.86) and sophomore Brandon Antoine (17.27); junior Cole Jolovich in the men’s 1,500 run (4:24.07); sophomore Justin Slattery in the men’s 1,500 run (4:25.54); and Antoine in the men’s high jump (5-8).

“Our student-athletes are really hitting their strides as we continue into the heart of our season,” Schafer said. “As we start the second half of the schedule I hope to see consistent improvement.”

The Hardrockers don’t have far to go for the next meet as SD Mines will play host to the Bauer Invitational Thursday at O’Hara Stadium in Rapid City.

 

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