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