During two days of competition, the Hastings College track and field teams took part in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday. Overall, the women’s team finished in third place scoring 131 points, while the men finished in seventh place scoring 72 points. The women’s team of Doane College scored 255 points while the men’s team of Concordia University scored 216 points to claim the GPAC titles. The Broncos’ Courtney Mills was named female athlete of the meet.
Mills, a sophomore, won the women’s 100-meter dash with a time of 12.18 seconds. She also won the triple jump (39 feet, 5 3/4 inches) while finishing second in the long jump (18-8 1/2) and third in the 200 (25.53). Mills finished with a B standard national qualifying time in the 100 meter dash while having A standard jumps in the long and triple jump.
The women’s side of the Hastings College track team shined in the two day competition with performances that helped place the team amongst the top three in the conference. Junior Lauren Shomaker finished second in the women’s 3000 meter steeple chase with an A standard qualifying time of 11:19.04 to break her own school record. That wasn’t the only record she broke, as she finished fourth in the 5k, setting a conference record in the 10k with a time of 37:11.93.
“Our team did awesome, we all dug deep and found something to help each other out. I know they are on my mind when I’m competing, not a lot of distance runners compete in more than one or two events and I did three,” Shomaker said. “Unfortunately I don’t love how I finished up in my last two races, but I’m really happy with how the 10k went, I can’t complain at all about winning that and setting a conference record because that wasn’t even on my mind going into it.”