Brandenburg, Ward set personal records in ‘last chance’ meets before Nationals
For a select group of Duhawk runners and throwers, last weekend was the last chance to improve their personal records before the NCAA Nationals meet in North Carolina. These Duhawks competed at two different meets over the weekend, one at UW-Platteville and one at UW-Stevens Point.
On the men’s side, those competing were the 4×400-meter relay, which did not finish the race, senior Nathan Maiers in the weight throw, senior Kyle Ward in the 60-meter dash, and junior Zach Frey in the 800-meter run.
Maiers was unable to improve his ranking in the weight throw after his mark of 16.65 meters at the Conference meet last weekend. Frey also was unable to improve his time in the 800-meter run, but he advances to the NCAA National meet with a ranking of 14th in Division III.
Ward had a phenomenal race Friday night at UW-Platteville, running a 7.00 in the 60-meter prelims. However, a little later on in the meet, Ward ran a 6.89 in the finals for the 60. This smashes the old school record for the 60-meter dash, and pushes him into a six-way tie for 8th place in Division III. It also secures a spot for him to run at Nationals in the 60-meter dash.
On the women’s side, senior Morgan Steere competed in the weight throw and shot put. Unfortunately, she was unable to improve her marks in either event leaving her ranked 22nd and 32nd in the nation in the respective events.
The other female competing was sophomore Elizabeth Brandenburg, in both the pole vault and 60-meter hurdles. Although she was unable to beat her performance in the pole vault at Conference which solidified her rank of 18th in the nation, she was not going to go down easy in the hurdles. In fact, she dominated the field. In the preliminary heat, she ran an 8.82 in the 60-meter hurdles. This crushes the school record she previously set last weekend at Conference.
The Division III National Indoor Championship meet will take place this Friday and Saturday. Kyle Ward (60-meter dash), Elizabeth Brandenburg (60-meter hurdles), and Zach Frey (800-meter run) will represent the Duhawks in the National Championship.