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Hastings College's Daisy Maessner competes in the 400-meter relay during the Bronco Invite Sunday.

Almost a month after the indoor track and field season ended, Hastings College opened its outdoor season at home with the Bronco invite.

The combination of spring break and poor weather conditions have left the Broncos with just a little more than a week of outdoor practices, but head coach Ryan Mahoney said his team set a nice foundation for the rest of the season.

“I spent more time consoling (Sunday) because track kids are so hard on themselves that if they don’t have a lifetime best, they think it’s a disaster,” he said. “We had spring break, we’ve been practicing in not ideal conditions with the weather and stuff, so this is a good day to just see where were at. It was an okay meet, but it gives us room to build going forward.

“It’s tough because by the end of indoor, kids are tired of being inside. Track is fun in the winter; track is way more fun when it’s 80, 90 degrees and it’s beautiful and you’re outside and there’s so much more room. So, they’ve been really itching to get outside. It’s been limited how much we can get out... It is what it is. Everybody’s dealing with it.”

The Broncos women’s team had 12 top-three finishes on the day. Most of those came from seniors and freshmen.

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Hastings College's Aleisha McDonald competes in the 3000 meter steeple chase during the Bronco Invite Sunday.

Hastings has a talented group of first-year athletes, and Mahoney said they’re learning a lot from a special group of seniors.

“That senior group, the group of throwers...great kids that have been around forever setting an example,” he said. “Those girls set an example to work hard. And we’ve got that talented group of freshmen, so it’s kind of nice that they can see that and build off that and strive to achieve the stuff that the seniors are achieving and have achieved.”

Senior thrower Keely Parish totaled two second-place finishes, taking silver in the hammer throw (170 feet, 8 inches) and the discus (142-6).

Freshman Aleisha McDonald won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12 minutes, 24.31 seconds, while fellow freshmen Hannah Warner and Maddie Moran took gold in the 400-meter dash (1:02.7) and the 100 (12.56), respectively. HC also won the 400 relay with a time of 48.55.

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Hastings College's Jonathan Flight leads in the 110 meter hurdles ahead of teammates Phalen Sanford (left) and Paul Plowcha during the Bronco Invite Sunday. 

On the men’s side, Jonathan Flight earned first place in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.73 seconds. He was also third (11.29) in the 100, behind teammate Cole Schmidt (11.20) in second. Schmidt also won the long jump with a distance of 22-0 3/4. Phalen Sanford was second in the high jump (6-3 1/2) and the 110 hurdles (15.10) while also placing third in the long jump (21-2 3/4).

Minden graduate Justin Villars also brought home a gold medal, winning the discus with a toss of 164 feet, 7 inches.

The Bronco men have been dealing with a number of injuries, dating back to the indoor season. With Villars, Flight, Schmidt and Sanford all coming off national meet appearances during the indoor season, Mahoney said the Broncos could put up some big performances once they get all their athletes back.

“There’s still some big potential for national points,” the coach said. “If the men’s team can get healthy and they’re all clicking on all cylinders and moving in the same direction, that men’s team could be really good, especially at the national level.”

One of those athletes waiting to get healthy is Grant Wickham, who earned two medals at last year’s national outdoor meet. But some medical problems caused him to miss this season’s national indoor meet.

“Grant Wickham dealt with some pretty serious medical procedures,” Mahoney said. “The kid was super sick and had to deal with some stuff. He wasn’t able to compete at nationals. Grant lost like 20 pounds of muscle and just started practicing this week. So, we’re trying to get him back.”

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Hastings College's Phalen Sanford competes in the high jump during the Bronco Invite Sunday. 

Hastings College will resume action April 5-6 at the Concordia invite. The Broncos will have just four weekends of competitions before going to the GPAC Championships in Yankton, S.D.

“(The outdoor season) does go really fast. The nice thing is you’re not starting from scratch because you’re coming off of indoor, you’ve got a strong base and you’ve been working all year. Outdoor is just kind of where you sharpen things up and look for some big performances,” Mahoney said. “It’s just focusing on what you can do. I always talk about how in track, you can’t play defense. We have no control over anything but ourselves... We just have to have the right mindset, keep working hard, and come out and hope that we’re doing our best at the end.”

Men’s individual results

Javelin — 1, Nathan Bufka, Truman, 162-11; 2, Mason Held, York, 137-1; 3, Reid Schultz 120-7

Shot put — 1, Seth Sabata, Midland, 55-5; 2, Tyson Jenkins, Dak Wes, 53-6 1/4; 3, Dylan Kucera, Midland, 62-4 3/4

Long jump — 1, Cole Schmidt, HC, 22-0 3/4; 2, Jared Rabenberg, Dak Wes, 21-9 1/2; 3, Phalen Sanford, HC, 21-2 3/4

Triple jump — 1, Cody Williams, Concordia, 44-10 3/4; 2, Mason Small, Dak Wes, 40-2 1/4; 3, Chris Warneke, Concordia, 39-11 1/2

Hammer throw — 1, Nathan Houser, Midland, 197-7; 2, Jacob Cornelio, Concordia, 194-0; 3, Seth Sabata, Midland, 190-11

High jump — 1, Jared Rabenberg, Dak Wes, 6-5 1/2; 2, Phalen Sanford, HC, 6-3 1/2; 3, Benjamin Pratt, Concordia, 6-1 1/2

Pole vault — 1, Dalton Berry, Concordia, 14-3 1/4; 2, Lane Kinsley, HC, 14-3 1/4; 3, Tyler Forbes, Midland, 13-9 1/4

Discus — 1, Justin Villars, HC, 164-7; 2, Reid Kirlin, Midland, 156-9; 3, Nathan Houser, Midland, 155-6

3,200 relay — 1, York 8:33.15; 2, Hastings College 9:03.27; 3, Bellevue 9:08.94

3,000 steeplechase — 1, Patrick Schneeberger, Concordia, 10:56.29; 2, Joe Ruffcorn, York, 11:09.93; 3, Cameron Moes, Concordia, 11:14.15

400 relay — 1, Concordia 43.47; 2, Dakota Wesleyan 45.47

1,500 — 1, Josiah McCallister, Concordia, 4:14.57; 2, Ian Meek, York, 4:17.30; 3, JP Reynolds, Concordia, 4:25.47

110 hurdles — 1, Jonathan Flight, HC, 14.73; 2, Phalen Sanford, HC, 15.10; 3, Lucas Weyrich, Midland, 15.11

100 — 1, Jeremiah Harris, Midland, 11.18; 2, Cole Schmidt, 11.20; 3, Jonathan Flight, HC, 11.29

400 — 1, Mason Held, York, 48.88; 2, Carter Price, York, 49.39; 3, Gavin Davis, Concordia, 49.59

800 — 1, Nathan Matters, Concordia, 1:58.82; 2, Ian Meek, York, 2:00.62; 3, Daniel Olson, Midland, 2:02.24

400 — 1, Rex Schlicht, Dak Wes, 58.84; 2, Henry Reimer, Concordia, 59.10; 3, Angelo Hurtado, Concordia, 59.18

200 — 1, Carter Price, York, 22.13; 2, Lucas Weyrich, Midland, 22.28; 3, Nathan Matters, Concordia, 22.59

5,000 — 1, Jordan Lorenz, Concordia, 16:30.06; 2, Logan Kaliff, York, 16:37.53; 3, Dylan Jaure, HC, 16:51.38

Women’s individual results

Hammer throw — 1, Adrianna Shaw, Concordia, 172-3; 2, Keely Parish, HC 170-8; 3, Samantha Liermann, Concordia, 164-3

Javelin — 1, Jasmine Eickhoff, Concordia, 131-0; 2, Elle Renault, Truman, 122-10; 3, Kamberlyn Lamer, Dak Wes, 116-2

Long jump — 1, Claire Cornell, Concordia, 18-5; 2, Shantinique Cunningham, HC, 17-9 3/4; 3, Jessica Deterding, Concordia, 17-9

Triple jump — 1, Leah Larson, Concordia, 37-6; 2, Lydia Gerber, Dak Wes, 36-1 1/2; 3, Cora Olson, Concordia, 34-6 1/4

High jump — 1, Mackenzie Koepke, Concordia, 5-2 1/2; 2, Brianna Botts, HC, 5-0 1/2; 3, Lia Guigui, Dak Wes, 5-0

Pole vault — 1, Erin Mapson, Concordia, 11-5 3/4; 2, Abigail Collingham, 10-11 3/4; 3, Tristen Mosier, Concordia, 10-6

Shot put — 1, Samantha Liermann, Concordia, 46-0; 2, Kate Grint, Doane, 46-2 3/4; 3, Mikaela Stofferahn, Dak Wes, 43-8 1/2

Discus — 1, Mikaela Stofferahn, Dak Wes, 143-9; 2, Keely Parish, HC, 142-6; 3, Adrianna Shaw, Concordia 138-6

3,000 steeplechase — 1, Aleisha McDonald, HC, 12:24.31; 2, Samantha Schuyler, Dak Wes, 12:34.65; 3, Lydia Cook, Concordia, 13:07.67

400 relay — 1, Hastings College 48.55; 2, Concordia 49.96; 3, Hastings College B 50.05

1,500 — 1, Rebekah Hinrichs, Concordia, 5:04.24; 2, Vivian Sanchez, Midland, 5:07.23; 3, Alyssa Fye, Concordia, 5:07.23

100 hurdles — 1, Amanda Murray, Cemtral Christian,14.82; 2, Cali Stewart, HC, 15.23; 3, Dayris Bonillas, HC, 15.60

100 — 1, Maddie Moran, HC, 12.56; 2, Amanda Murray, Cemtral Christian, 12.65; 3, Brandy Smith, Cemtral Christian, 12.83

400 — 1, Hannah Warner, HC, 1:02.07; 2, Sage Pulse, Dak Wes, 1:06.79; 3, Emily McDonald, Dak Wes, 1:07.74

800 — 1, Miranda Rathjen, Concordia, 2:26.63; 2, Keri Bauer, Concordia, 2:30.20; 3, Alyssa Fye, Concordia, 2:32.28

400 — 1, Kennedy Mogul, Concordia, 1:07.92; 2, Jessica Deterding, Concordia, 1:08.06; 3, Lexi Preissler, HC, 1:08.38

200 — 1, Brianna Florvilus, York, 26.03; 2, Kamberlyn Lamer, Dak Wes, 26.21; 3, Brandy Smith, Cemtral Christian, 26.35

5,000 — 1, Taylor Grove, Concordia, 19:34.44; 2, Hannah Rebmann, Concordai, 19:36.03; 3, Abi DeLoach, Concordia, 19:44.02

1,600 relay — 1, York 4:14.95; 2, Concordia 4:16.74

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