Last Friday, May 3 the Loras Track and Field team hosted their final regular season meet, inviting teams from all over the region to compete in the 2019 Dr. Tucker Open. On top of finishing the regular season at home, the team also hosted Senior Day, commemorating the hard-working track athletes on their past accomplishments and future endeavors. The class of 2019 broke barriers on their way to record-breaking performances.
When it came time for competition, the usual suspects were out and about shining bright for the Duhawks. The 4×100 men’s relay team, comprised of first-year Josh Smith, first-year Elijah Thomas, junior Tyson Morrison, and junior Patrick Mikel, finished first with a time of 41.42, which, not only shattered the previous school record, but ranked first in the conference and ninth nationally. Mikel also found individual success in the 400 meter-dash, clocking the fastest time in the nation at 47.09. Finally, sophomore Kassie Rosenbum posted a strong showing in the women’s 1500, placing first and posting the fastest time in the conference. Also, junior Terrianna Black won the 100 meter-dash with a time of 12.18, ranking her 13th in the nation.
In light of the closing year, the graduating senior athletes will be remembered for all their hard work and contributions. Starting in the 400-meter hurdles, senior Bella Solis not only set a new school record, but also now ranks first in the nation after finishing with a time of 1:00.38. Senior Esther Johnson threw a huge PR in the hammer, finishing third in the meet and ranking 19th nationally. Finally, Anakin Hall. Hall competed in both the 400 and 200 at the meet, where he managed to finish sixth overall in the 200 with a time of 22.94. This time is right on the bubble in terms of a conference qualifier.
“There’s a slim chance that this time gets me to conference, but it is likely that this was my last ever track meet,” an emotional Hall said.
Overall, from the seniors who put on a show to the overachieving student-athletes who still have more years to come, the Duhawks continue to keep it rolling on the track.