After ending the indoor track and field season on a high note, the Hastings College men and women's outdoor track and field teams have built some momentum for the spring season.
At the national indoor meet of the beginning of the month, the Bronco men's team placed 12th while the women finished eighth and had two national champions in freshman Courtney Mills (triple jump) and sophomore Jennifer Maag (shot put). HC head coach Kendrick Clay believes the indoor finishes will motivate his athletes for the outdoor season, which has been the Broncos' strength in recent history.
"We tend to hang our hat on the outdoor season. Our men have never finished anything other than third or fourth in the conference, which means we're in the upper third of the league every year. Those expectations don't waver," said Clay, who is entering his last season as head coach after announcing he would resign following the conclusion of this season. "The women have had a huge upswing. ... The women are in the hunt to have a similar finish to where the men have been, which is gratifying. It means we have the women's program going in the right direction."
If there is one thing that has dampened the mood of the track teams, it has been the weather. Clay said his competitors have had to modify workouts so that they're more indoor friendly. He said the Broncos are anxious to get outside and get ready for the Bronco Relays today and Friday — with the multi-events today and the rest of the meet Friday at the HC track.