Last weekend, three Duhawks from the men’s and women’s track and field teams got the chance to race at the highest level of competition for their indoor season: the Division III National meet. Although their expectations were much higher than their official results, these Duhawks were proud to get the chance to run at Nationals.
Among them was senior Kyle Ward, who qualified for the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.89, the new school record. In his preliminary heat however, he only ran a time of 6.96. This wasn’t fast enough to get him to the finals, but it earned him the 13th place in Division III.
“I felt as though there were components of my start that I left out due to my level of excitement at the meet,” Ward said.
The excitement was expected, since it was his first trip to the national meet in his four years at Loras.
“There was an energy unlike anything I have ever experienced before,” Ward said. “I was pretty pumped to say the least.”
Not only was this Ward’s last race of the 2015 indoor season, it was also his last collegiate indoor race. He said that his goal was “to make finals and earn [All-American honors],” but he’s placing “[his] hopes of qualifying for nationals in [his] outdoor performance.”
Ward was optimistic about him and the rest of the team for the outdoor season.
“If all goes well, we’ll bringing a flock of Duhawks to New York [for the outdoor Nationals meet] in May.”
Junior Zach Frey competed in the 800-meter run on Friday. Due to a slow first half of the race, Frey finished with a time of 1:54.75. This unfortunately was not enough to get Frey into the finals. He missed out of the last spot by 0.25 seconds.
Sophomore Elizabeth Brandenburg also missed out on a spot in the finals in the 60-meter hurdles. She finished 10th in Division III, missing a place in the finals by two-hundredths of a second.
With the snow completely removed from the track, the Duhawks compete alongside a few alumni in an inter-squad meet this Saturday, and then begin the outdoor season at Knox College in Illinois on March 28.