Seniors shine at Wyoming's Cowpoke Open
Release Date Monday, May 5, 2014

LARMAMIE, Wyo. --- The South Dakota School of Mines track and field program took a squad of student-athletes to the University of Wyoming Cowpoke Open this past weekend in Laramie, Wyo., where the Hardrockers posted some impressive and competitive results.

Senior Anna Haneline, who has been recovering from an early season injury, broke her own school record Saturday during the women’s 400-meter dash. The Plattesmouth, Neb., native clocked a time of 58.70, edging out her old record of 59.00 set last year. Haneline, a Geology major, took sixth place in the race.

“We were very impressed with how Anna performed,” Hardrocker track and field head coach Jerry Schafer said. “Anna is coming back from an injury. She had a three-second improvement over last week’s race. To come back and improve that much and break her own school record is just tremendous.”

Senior Brian Freed also had a pretty productive day. The Civil Engineering major took third place in the men’s hammer throw after a toss of 197-feet-2-inches and then had a throw of 179-3 in the men’s discus, which earned him fifth place.

Freed, who currently leads all of NCAA Div. II in the discus, was in quite a talented group of throwers this weekend. Two of the four placers ahead of Freed were international competitors and the other two were NCAA Div. I top performers.

“He was really in an elite class of throwers,” Schafer said. “He may not have improved his school record in the discus, but he had his best series of throws. That shows that he is mentally focused, confident and able to compete with that caliber of athlete.”

Freed has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Div. II National Championships in the discus (180-6) as well as has a Top 10 distance in the hammer throw (199-3) and has a provisional qualification in the shot put as well.

Senior Lillian Temple also competed in two events over the weekend, tying for seventh place in the women’s high jump after clearing a height of 5-3 and then had a leap of 36-5.75 in the women’s triple jump and earned seventh place.

Other Hardrocker highlights included: senior Lucas Nolan tied for fourth in the men’s high jump after clearing a height of 6-2.75; freshman Sharla Maginnis took fourth place in the women’s 800 run in a time of 2:35.28; freshman Garrett Lane set a new personal record during the men’s high hurdles with a time of 15.20: junior Taylor Heaps clocked his second best time ever in the men’s 400 (50.77); and senior Seth Brotherton clocked a time of 55.99 in the men’s intermediate hurdles.

The Hardrockers have one last meet on the 2014 schedule when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday for the Air Force Academy Invitational.

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