The Carroll College indoor track and field teams placed 23rd on the women’s side and 49th on the men’s after the final day of the NAIA national meet in Pittsburg, Kansas.
While the result wasn’t what coach Harry Clark expected, he took pride in his athletes setting personal records in the final meet of the year.
“We didn’t finish the way we wanted, but that doesn’t matter,” Clark said. “These kids kicked ass. Every kid had a PR that came here. Sometimes you do your best and don’t score.
“I was super proud of them. They’re great kids. They do it the right way. Great representatives of Carroll.”
Carroll’s best finish came from the distance medley relay, which placed fourth after entering the meet with the 16th best time.
The team – made up of senior Macala Fifield, junior Brigid Bradshaw, senior Rhiannon Sturgess and junior Samantha Mundel – ran a time of 12:05.95.
Mundel also had a top five finish in the mile on Saturday, running a time of 4:59.37, breaking the five-minute barrier for the first time this season.
Clark enjoyed watching some new seniors became all-Americans for the first times in their careers.
“The kids are really excited,” Clark said. “Two of the three seniors on that team are all-Americans for the time.”
The Saints’ men’s and women’s milers both set personal records on the track, too. While Chance Hyatt entered the meet with the best time in the NAIA, a remarkably fast race where he bettered his time still wasn’t enough to grab the championship. Hyatt ran a 4:12.37 mile, about five seconds off the first-place time.
Saints senior thrower Chris Emter placed 18th in the shot put with a throw of 15.80 meters.
Junior pole vaulter Keaton Brady placed 18th with a vault of 4.50 meters.
While Carroll College is on spring break over the next week, the track team will have an off week before training for the outdoor season begins.