PITTSBURG, KANSAS–The RedTails claimed one national title and multiple USTFCCCA All-American designations at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 1-2 at Pittsburg State University.
The men's team showed up ready to dominate, with the 4x800-meter relay team of Payton Bahl, Konner Roth, David Thompson, and Landon Boomsma taking the top spot (7:40.06), and with it a national title.
"I enjoyed how our team came together as a whole – we became a family," said Thompson, a sophomore from Lewis, Iowa. Thompson also placed fifth in the 1,000-meter run (2:31.65), and joined Bahl, Ryan Millikin, and Kenny Beard to place fifth in the distance medley (10:13.98), setting a new school record and securing the RedTails' first All-American status of the weekend.
"Overall I was happy with the guys' performance," said head coach Tyler Mulder. "We'll take a small break and get everyone refreshed and go through a small base-building phase to have a successful outdoor season."
The women's team also showed up ready to work. Alayna Kollasch, Emma Hartz, Sydney Davis, and Joanna Topham earned All-American status with an eighth place finish in the distance medley relay (12:45.78). Madison Larson joined Kollasch, Davis, and Topham in the 4x800, placing seventh (10:03.62).
"I think everybody was just ready to roll this weekend and really trusted the process," Kollasch said. "We just knew we were ready to do big things, so we got them done!"
Haile Cook set a new personal record in the weight throw, taking seventh (54-1.00) in another All-American performance.
"I was happy for our athletes, as they put up good performances across the board," Mulder said. "They have bright futures and I'm excited to see their next steps."
Full results from the indoor championships can be found online. The RedTails now gear up for outdoor season, which kicks off Friday, March 29, at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.