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
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