I am an easily inspired person. Sometimes, all it takes is a good movie or book, a quote or a speech. Or maybe even a good race. The reason I mention inspiration is because I came back from Ames inspired. I was unable to run due to a few health reasons and I really wished I had been out there. That feeling grew stronger over the day as I saw all of my teammates running mentally and physically strong. I was impressed by the efforts for the second weekend in a row!
In the first heat of the mile, Lars ran a strong race, leading for awhile and still finishing very strong. He was rewarded with a 1 second PR. In the next heat, Trent and Drew also collected PRs with 4:17 and 4:23. I expect both Drew and Lars under 4:20 their next time out. In heat three of the mile it was a bro-challenge with Jake coming out on top in a PR of 4:08. He now ranks 4th in the Summit League in that event.
The 200 saw a PR for Brandon Priebe and near-PRs for Evan Bunkers and Jared Foote. All men were easily under 23 seconds. Foote and Priebe also had strong performances in the 400. They nearly tied with times of 49.17 and 49.18, respectively. They also beat NDSU's Jason Duscherer who placed in the event last year, indoors and out.
Dom Thielen earned himself a top-8 ranking in the Summit League with his 1:53.96 800. That is his best indoor time ever and only a second off his overall PR. In another distance event, the 3000 meters, Brian Brochman kicked his way to another PR. And another victory of rival Marty Joyce. In the fast heat of the same event, Mike Krsnak made a massive move with 500 meters to go. He faded a bit but was able to mount a comeback and finish 3rd in a near-school record of 8:09. He lost to NDSU's Travis Fitzke by a small margin again. Krsnak is now ranked third in the event in the Summit League.
In the weight throw, Ryan Ackman and Jake Brinkman both threw over 50 feet. They look to keep improving as the season goes on.
In the women's 60, Ashley Odegaard recoverd from drilling a Badger as he walked across the track, to place in the 60 with a near PR.
In the women's 200, Gina Fritz wins her heat and Megan Bren records an Indoor PR of 25.67. Bren also ran well in the 400 with a 57.85. That time ranks her 5th in the Summit. Jessica McDonald also ran well with a 58.38, ranking 8th.
In the women's 800, Laura Lawton cut 5 more seconds off her season best with a 2:21 to win her heat. In the Mile Run, roommates Tera Potts and Krista Creager each achieved PRs of 5:03 and 5:11. Tera also came back in the 3000 to take down her rival, Jordan Krahn of NDSU, and record another PR. Danielle McCann and Courtney Neubert also recorded PRs.
In the women's 60 hurdles, Laura Shearer was very excited to qualify for the finals.
The women's shot put saw McKenzie Johnson winning the second flight with a new PR of 13.54 meters. Shelby Assmus and Amy Paulzine also both PRd in the Weight Throw.
Overall, it was a great weekend to be a Jackrabbit! Thanks for all the inspiration! Thanks for reading and clicking! Mankato recap to be up soon!