PARKSIDE, WI - In their fourth Indoor Track and Field meet of the season the men of IIT continue to shine. "It was another day with some great performances both on a National level and a personal level" Stated Coach Kopinski. It is the first time in IIT history, (IIT indoor track & field was made a varsity sport in 2012) a member of women's team has qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Abby Jahn covered the 1000m distance in a time of 3:02.71 which is faster than the national 'B' standard qualifying time. It was good enough for gold in the event. She will now have the opportunity to toe the line with the best runners from around the country in three weeks at the Spire Institute on Ohio.
The women's field team competed well, with Whitney Theisen tying for 2nd in the High Jump (1.50m) and taking fourth in the Triple Jump (9.89m). Natalie Mitrovic also leapt a personal record of 4.19 meters in the Long Jump, and recorded a 9.26m mark in the Shot Put.
In the sprinting events, Veronica Hannink led the way with a 9.92 second 55m Hurdle time, and a personal and school record time of 29.50s in the 200m dash. Following her in the 200m was Hailey Kunkel (30.59s) and Alex Songer (33.09s), both of which also ran the 55m dash in 8.43s and 8.89s respectively.
Emily Kraemer ran a new personal record in the 400m dash with a time of 68.38 seconds. Three Lady Hawks competed in both the Mile and 800m events, a challenging double to do. Claudia Garcia came out on top for both, with personal records of 5:48 in the mile and 2:37 in the 800m. Kira Vincent (5:53, 2:45) and Anne Crotteau (5:54 PR, 2:47) followed behind, also having strong races.
In the 600m dash, a rare event to see, JordAn Kelch placed 1st in route to a school record with a time of 1:43.91, not far off of the national qualifying time. Abby Jahn crossed the line with a time of 1:53.
In the 3000m race, Courtney Rouse took home a bronze and narrowly missed qualifying for nationals (10:35) with a personal record time of 10:36.40. Erin Vincent also ran the 3k, with a time of 12:16.62. The final event for the ladies was the 4x400m relay, run in 4:45 by Kraemer, Garcia, Crotteau, and K. Vincent.