Thursday marks the beginning of the NAIA national track and field meet in Marion, Ind., but it also marks the end of a coach's tenure.
The national meet will be Kendrick Clay's final competition as the head coach of Hastings College. While the men's team may not see the same type of success it has in the past, Clay has the chance to leave the girls team with its highest finish in quite some time.
In this year's national indoor meet, the Broncos crowned two national champions on the women's side — freshman Courtney Mills (triple jump) and sophomore Jennifer Maag (shot put). Mills had a distance of 38 feet, 9 inches, while Maag threw the shot 49-6 1/2. Both qualified for their respected events in the upcoming outdoor meet.
Mills is competing in three more events — long jump, 400-meter relay and 1,600 relay. Maag, who will also throw the discus, is seeded second in the shot put with a throw of 48-11 1/5.