Washburn track and field finishes indoor season at MIAA Championships

Trevor Beurman

The Ichabods finished their indoor season Feb. 23, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, with the MIAA championships this past week. 

The men finished in eighth place overall while the women finished in tenth. 

Washburn ended their indoor season on a bittersweet note since this may be the last 2018 meet for the Ichabods as they finish this year’s indoor season. WU sports reports that the two track and field teams will not wait for the national qualifying lists to see if their season continues on. 

Beyond that fact, the Ichabods did very well at the MIAA championships on both sides. The Washburn women tore down two school records once again as they rewrote the history books along with the Washburn men, tearing down six records. 

Freshman, Sierra Mortensen ran a record 10:00.87 in the 3000m run, securing her spot in the school records in that event. Freshman, Tom Haug rewrote school records in the high jump, while also adding four team points to the board with a fourth place finish. 

Sophomore, Jacob Klemz finished with another individual title in the 3000m distance run event with a time of 8:24.09 plus a school record. Junior, Corey Ballentine finished fifth in the 60m finals as he also recorded a school record with a time of 6.91 seconds. 

Sophomore, Michael Majors finished in sixth place in the shot put with a throw at the mark 16.68/54-07.75 to break a school record set in the 1980s. The women’s four by four relay team finished with a time of 3:57.47 set by freshman, Chia Okoro, freshman, Shae Ware, sophomore, Jenny Krause and senior, Courtney Freed breaking another school record. 

In the men’s four by four, a school record came down as well. Sophomore, Jacob Newlin, Corey Ballentine, sophomore, Josh Wright and freshman, Chris Martin all set a record with a time of 3:22.58. 

“Overall I felt like it was [a] good [performance]. I got a personal record in four events which is always good to do,” Newlin said. 

“I had a personal record of about 0.4 seconds so I definitely broke a barrier at this meet,” sophomore, Kimmie Snepp said. 

With all these records broken in the final meet of the indoor season, Washburn had a great performance in Pittsburg, Kansas. While the NCAA Championships will also be in Pittsburg, it is unknown if the Ichabods will partake in them. 

Up next, the Ichabods will either begin their outdoor season with conditioning and training or they will continue to participate in the indoor season. Either way, check with washburnreview.org for more updates regarding this matter.