The past couple of weeks provided a series of last chance qualifying meets. Nearly all of them proved to be fruitful! The first of these meets took place on February 13th at the Boise State Team Challenge. Amy Pfaff took the lead on the women’s side winning her heat of the mile, and punched her ticket with a time of 5:02.67. Not much later Amy was on the track again qualifying for the 1k in a time of 2:56.93. Aside from qualifiers, there were a number of women’s performances that stuck out. In the women’s shot put, Claire Otero threw a lifetime best…. Three times in a row! Claire ended the day with a throw of 11.20m.
On the men’s side of the track it was a series of narrow misses. Austin Fred nearly ran the B mark in the 1k with a time of 2:33.40 with Dylan Walker not far behind. Malik Whitfield narrowly missed the illusive 60 meter record, running one-hundredth of a second off the time. Whitfield finished in a time of 7.12 seconds. Perhaps the highlight of the meet was the unveiling of the men’s 4×400 relay indoors. Though the result wasn’t what was hoped for, there was a lot of promise shown.
The following day a small pack of Yotes shipped off to Seattle for a race at sea level. On the women’s side, Ruth Lewinski and Lila Klopfenstein slid easily under the 3k mark. Both are currently sitting comfortably in the top 8 in the NAIA. On the men’s side there were great races across the board. Max Hampton was the lone male runner to hit the national A mark, but races from Matt Goodwin, Dan Williams, Billy Godfrey, and Miles Ranck showed vast improvement which bodes well for the outdoor season.
The final meet of last chance qualifiers came in Bozeman, Montana on February 19th. Three Yotes made the trip as Tyler Higby, Joseph Bolin, and Edmund Ellis gave one last swing at their respective events. The track proved to be more of an obstacle as it is a 200m flat track. Despite this, Higby and Ellis mixed it up with some great sprinters in the 200m and 400m respectively. Bolin took a final swing at the indoor standard for pole vault, but fell just short as a minor pole fiasco took place. (By minor pole fiasco, I mean he broke his pole on the first attempt).
Next week looks to be one full of travel as a small squad takes off to Johnson City, TN for the week. The group consists of Max Hampton competing in the 3k and DMR, Austin Fred competing in the DMR, Dylan Walker competing in the DMR, Joseph Bolin competing in the DMR, Amy Pfaff competing in the 1k and DMR, Lila Klopfenstein in the 3k and DMR, Mishal Cotugno in the DMR, Ruth Lewinski in the 3k, Nichole DeGrange in the 400m and DMR, and Tiana Thomas in the pentathlon, 600m, DMR, and 60mH. Keep an eye out on our twitter @CoyoteXCTF for results from nationals!