Revving up for conference meet

Last Friday, the track-and-field teams went up the hill to compete at the University of Dubuque Spartan Invite.

With one week exactly to go until conference, the Duhawks used this meet to put any finishing touches on their crafts’ and qualify for a spot among the best in the American River’s Conference.

Beginning with some field events, we go to the long jump pit, where junior Elyse Acompanado was able to qualify for the event finals and eventually take first with a jump of 5.45 meters.

Acompanado is currently ranked 13th in the nation for the long jump, where she set her prior personal record of 5.61 meters two weeks ago at the Platteville Invitational. On the men’s side, junior Quintin Durov finished second in the high jump behind UW-Platteville’s Noah Steiner with a height of 1.95 meters.

Switching lanes to the track side of things, first-year Elayna Bahl placed first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.50 seconds. After the race, she had mentioned that she “was happy with her overall performance,” and that “this was the fastest time” that she had ever run.

Terrianna Black gears up for the 55-meter dash at the Dubuque Spartan Invite. She later won the event, blazing to the finish line with a time of 7.18 seconds.

In the women’s 55-meter dash, junior Terrianna Black finished first with a time of 7.18 seconds and sophomore Kassie Rosenbum just edged her competition in a photo finish, as she took the women’s mile in 5:18.24.

The men had some notable performances as well, with junior Patrick Mikel taking first in the 400 with a time of 48.65. Mikel was neck-in-neck with University of Dubuque competition Colfay Pointer, but was able to pull away down the final 50-meter stretch to capture the victory.

On a side note, Mikel set a new facility record in the 400 at The University of Dubuque, eclipsing the previous record by about 1.5 seconds. Along with the 400-meter dash, Mikel was also featured on the men’s 4×400 relay team with fellow sprinters junior
Tyson Morrison and first-years Josh Smith and Mike Jasa. They also ended up taking first, finishing with a time of 3:19.70.

Overall, the women’s team took home first place, while the men finished second. This momentum could be significant as all the competitors are hoping for season-bests when the face off at the conference meet in Waverly, IA, this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23.

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