Three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference athletes helped enhance the league’s longstanding reputation as a track and field power by setting records at the NCAA II National Championships at Charlotte, N.C., last week.
One of the new marks was by the narrowest of margins, but sophomore Skylyn Webb of Colorado-Colorado Springs ran the 800 meters in 2:02.47 to erase the old mark set by Teena Colebrook of Cal Poly in 1990 by one hundredth of a second.
Also in the women’s competition, junior Alicia Konieczak of Western State won the steeplechase in 9:47.72 to break the old mark of 9:54.02 set by another RMAC star, Alicia Nelson of Adams State, in 2014.
Konieczak also was the runner-up in the 5000 meters and won both the mile and 3000 at the 2018 National Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Thomas Staines of Colorado State-Pueblo was the third national recordsetter.
He won the 800 in 1:46.56 to eclipse the time of 1:46.81 posted by Dan Futrell of Truman State in Missouri in 1974.
Staines, who parents were Olympians for Great Britain, also set the national indoor record at this year’s DII Meet by running the 800 in 1:47.32.
Two more RMAC entries were national champs at the Outdoor Meet. Senior Kandace Thomas of Adams State won the 100 meters and Jake Pinkston of Colorado Mines was the pole vault winner.
Pinkston cleared 17-3 3/4 to edge Nolan Ellis of Colorado Mesa, who was the runner-up at 17-0. Ellis won the indoor title after both he and another of the Orediggers’ vaulters, Connor McLean, both went 17-2 3/4, but Ellis had fewer misses.
The national place winners from the conference, including Chadron State’s Ashlyn Hanson in the hammer throw and Isaac Grimes in the long jump, follow:
100—1, Kandace Thomas, Adams State, 11.44; 3, Dianna Johnson, Adams State, 11.62.
800—1, Skylyn Webb, Colo-Colorado Springs, 2:02.47 (national record).
1500—5, Roisin Flanagan, Adams State, 2:02.47; 8, Molly Klotz, Colorado Springs, 4:27.39.
5000—2, Alicja Konieczek, Western State, 16:33.97.
10,000—6, Sophie Seward, Western State, 35:07.71.
100 hurdles—4, Oweneika Watson, Adams State, 13.51; 5, Osheen Erskine, New Mexico Highlands, 13.57.
3000 steeplechase—1, Alicja Konieczek, Western State, 9:47.72 (national record); 2, Eilish Flanagan, Adams State, 10:00.81; 4, Aneta Konieczak, Western State, 10:01.02.
4x100 relay—3, New Mexico Highlands, 44.97.
Discus—4, Gina Coleman, Colorado Mines, 169-6.
Hammer throw—7, Ashlyn Hanson, Chadron State, 182-6.
Javelin—4, Sharon Toako, NMHU, 154-11.
Long jump—3, Tashay Hunter, NMHU, 20-5.
Triple jump—4, Annie Topal, NMHU, 42-1/2.
Pole vault—8 tie, Angelique Urenda, Colo. State-Pueblo, 12-3 1/2.
400—8, Casey Lewis, Western State, 47.59.
800—1, Thomas Staines, CSU-Pueblo, 1:46.56 (national record); 4, Patrick Weaver, Colorado Mines, 1:48.33; 7, Devun Walker, CSU-Pueblo, 1:48.92.
1500—3, Elias Gedyon, Adams State, 3:45.59; 5, Austin Anaya, Adams State, 3:45.65.
5000—5, George Kelly, Adams State, 14:16.36.
10,000—4, Nathaniel Williams, Colorado Mines, 30:08.08; 5, Sydney Gidaboday, Adams State, 30:13.77; 6, Jama Ahmed, Western State, 30:17.48; 7, Marcola Laguera, CSU-Pueblo, 30:19.15.
400 hurdles—6, Triston Cisneros, Colorado Mines, 51.57.
3000 steeplechase—4, Derrick Williams, CSU-Pueblo, 8:52.61; 5, Evan Verbal, Colorado Christian, 8:53.74; 8, Kale Adams, Adams State, 9:03.10.
4x100 relay—7, Colorado Springs, 40.78.
Shot put—4, Colby Stinson, Western State, 59-5 1/2.
Long jump—5, Isaac Grimes, Chadron State, 24-6 1/2.
Pole vault—1, Jake Pinkston, Colorado Mines, 17-3 3/4; 2, Nolan Ellis, Colorado Mesa, 17-0.
Women’s Team Scores—1, Lincoln (Mo.) 60; 2, St. Augustine’s (N.C.), 48.5; 3, Angelo State (Texas), 42.5; 4, Grand Valley (Mich.), 40.5; 5, Adams State, 39. New Mexico Highlands, 26; Western State, 25; Chadron State, 2.
Men’s Team Scores—1, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 65 points; 2, Ashland (Ohio), 51; 3, Tiffin (Ohio), 39; 4, Texas A&M-Commerce, 37. Colorado Mines, 23; CSU-Pueblo, 19; Adams State, 18; Western State, 9; Colorado Mesa, 8; Chadron State, 4.