The track and field team covered ground in Mankato, Minn., Ames, Iowa, and Fargo, last weekend, inching them closer to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships on Feb. 22.
Highlighting the weekend, international student Henrik Holmberg broke his own school record in the heptathlon at NSIC Multi-Event Championships.
Setting personal bests in every event except the pole vault, Holmberg instantly qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Senior Jordan Slusser won the 1,000-meter and one-mile run, clocking at 2:35.68 and 4:19.36, respectively, at North Dakota State University.
“These wins have boosted my self confidence,” Slusser said. “I had a slow start to the indoor season, but things seem to be coming around again. These last few races are getting me ready to be peaked at the right time of the season.”
Slusser, a Jamestown, ND native, was excited to have his family come watch him compete.
“I was really excited to see my family since I have not seen them since Christmas,” Slusser said. “It was nice to put on a good show for them since they do not get to watch as many races as they got to in high school.”
In Ames the women’s distance medley team had similar success, placing second, now ranking third in the NCAA Division II. Seniors Kristin Brondbo and Runa Falch, junior Colleen Everson, and sophomore Kayla Mescher finished at 11:50.86. Mescher completed her personal best in the 800-meter, coming back from being injured for the outdoor season last year.
“It’s really exciting and nice to see progress and hard work paying off,” Mescher said. “There have been a lot of great personal accomplishments [on the team] so far this year, and I would say there will continue to be in the spring.”
Falch was labeled “Athletes to Watch” by NSIC and is meeting expectations according to assistant coach Greg Binstock.
“Runa has made a name for herself in meeting and exceeding expectations,” Binstock said. “Basically if she isn’t surpassing the expectations of the coaches, then she isn’t meeting the expectations she sets for herself. Eyes will be on her at the NSIC Championships in 10 days for sure.”
The team travels Friday to the University of South Dakota Twilight in Vermillion, their last meet before the NSIC Championships.
“The team is very focused right now,” Binstock said. “We have been tailoring our training for these last two weeks of the indoor season, and expect to have our best performances of the year this weekend, and next weekend.”