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GENEVA, Ohio – Three school records fell as members of the Southwestern College Indoor Track & Field teams competed at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships this weekend at The SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The women's 60 meter hurdles, men's 3000 meter run, and men's distance medley relay all had their records re-written at the event.
Rhea Rollins broke her own school record in the 60 meter hurdles. She completed the hurdle sprint in 9.08 seconds, but missed the finals by 0.2 seconds.
Meanwhile, on the men's side, Frank Adelman put his name into the Southwestern College indoor track record book in the 3,000 meter run. After running a 8:33.56 time in the preliminaries, Adelman bested the school record with a time of 8:29.98, and finished 10th in the 3,000 meter final race.
Adelman will also have a spot in the record books as a member of the Distance Medley Relay team, which also finished 10th overall. The team, consisting of Conner Drendel, Brandyn Willard, Sam McDaniel and Adelman, ran the relay in 10:06.96, and ended its indoor season with a school record of its own.
While she didn't set any school records, freshman Cassie Hollenback turned some heads at the national level in the women's 1,000 meter run. Hollenback opened her first national indoor meet by running the 1,000 meter prelims in a personal-best 2:56.02. A day later, she bested that mark with a 2:55.01 time in the 1,000 meter final, and finished in the top-8 to earn NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-American status for the first time in her young career.
Conner Drendel competed in the men's 1,000 meter run. His preliminary time of <time> was the second-fastest in school history, and 0.7 seconds shy of the school record, but he missed the finals by just 0.05 seconds.
The men's 4x800 meter relay team of Nick Warnke, Eric Anders, Sam McDaniel and Conner Drendel also competed in the national championship event, but couldn't make it out of prelims. The team ran in 8:05.13 and finished 15th overall.
Artrail Skipper was Southwestern's only field event competitor in the meet. His best triple jump measured 46'1.25" and put him 13th in the competition.
The Moundbuilders will now transition into the outdoor track & field season. Southwestern will open the outdoor portion of its season on March 14 by hosting the Southwestern College Invitational.
NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships – Geneva, Ohio
1000 Meter Run-Prelims: Conner Drendel – 2:29.85 (9th)
3000 Meter Run-Prelims: Frank Adelman – 8:33.56 (7th)
3000 Meter Run-Finals: Frank Adelman – 8:29.98 (10th – School Record)
4x800 Meter Relay-Prelims: 8:05.13 (15th)
Distance Medley Relay: 10:06.96 (10th – School Record)
Triple Jump: Artrail Skipper – 46'1.25 (13th)