CEDAR RAPIDS–The Hawkeye Community College track and field team made a short trip to compete in the Mustang Open at Mount Mercy on April 13. Once there, the RedTails made the most of their time on the track. Hawkeye's men's team finished second overall behind five wins, while the women's squad collected three first-place finishes.
Helping lead the men's team was Cameron Williams who won the 400 meters with a personal-best and school-record time of 49.03 seconds. The RedTails also received firsts from Riley Little in the 100 (11.37 seconds), Nick Durnin in the 400 hurdles (57.11), Zachary Conger in the high jump (1.87 meters), and the 4x400 quartet of David Thompson, Payton Bahl, Konner Roth and Ryan Milikin (3:35.70). Hawkeye scored key points with a handful of second-place finishes from Little in the 110 hurdles, Williams in the 200, Millikin in the 800, and Peter Torkleson in the 400 hurdles.
The women's team featured a pair of first-place finishes by Megan Hudson, who won the 100 hurdles in 15.43 seconds, while helping the 4x100 team of Krayton Allen, Paighton Malek, and Emily Hovden to victory in a school-record time of 49.78. Hawkeye also had a win from Zareeel Knox in the triple jump. Placing second for Hawkeye was the 4x800 team of Joanna Topham, Madison Larson, Rebecca McDermott, and Alayna Kollasch in 10:09.25.
"The meet went great," said RedTails head coach Tyler Mulder. "Both the men's and women's teams performed well. Everyone competed across the board.
"Overall, I was pleased with the performance of my entire group," echoed assistant coach Tabrie Henry. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."
The RedTails will be back on the road April 19 to compete at the University of Dubuque.