With just three weeks left before NJCAA indoor nationals, the Iowa Central track and field team competed in two invites this past weekend.
A handful of athletes went to the Frank Sevigne/Husker Invitational in Nebraska, while the rest went to the Ted Nelson Classic in Minnesota.
Nine new national qualifiers were achieved by the Tritons.
"We saw some really elite performances this past weekend and we also learned quite a bit about ourselves and our limits," said Dee Brown, Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at Iowa Central. "Some athletes tried new tactics that didn't quite work out, but will make themselves better in the long run. We witnessed three athletes crack the top-10 all time in NJCAA history in their events, that is also very special."
Next action for Iowa Central will be this Friday and Saturday in Brookings, S.D. at the SDSU Classic.
New National Qualifiers
Jaheem Hayles – 200M
Lilia Alvarez – 1 Mile
Awet Yohannes – 3km
Lilian Busienei (6th All-Time IC) & MacKenzie Gaherty – 5 km
Women's 4 x 400 meter relay – Connell – Brooks – Barronette - Covington
Harry Afaxoe – Long Jump
Top 10 Marks in School History
Madison Johnson – High Jump (T-4th AT)
Ronniel Johnson – Pole Vault (5th AT)
Odell Frye – 60 Meters (T-5th AT)
Eleonora Curtabbi – 3000M (2nd AT)
Florance Uwajeneza – 3000M (4th AT)
Kelvin Bungei – 3000 M (2nd AT)
Men's 4x400 Relay (Eppie, Dunlap, Lindsey, Flahn) – 5th AT
Top 10 NJCAA All-Time
Kelvin Bungei – 3000 Meters (8:13.60) – 6th fastest person ever *200m track
Eleonora Curtabbi – 3000 Meters (9:42.13) – 3rd fastest person ever / 6th fastest time ever
Lilian Busienei – 5000 Meters (17:34.94) – 8th fastest person ever *200m track