Track and Field prep for NSIC Conference Championship

Several strong performances lifted the SMSU track and field team above the competition at the Minnesota State Schuck Multi and Open meet on Jan. 25 in Mankato.

“We’ve been working really hard the last few weeks and it’s about to show. We’re getting better each day in preparation for conference in a few weeks,” said head coach Dan Allen.

The Mustangs are already seeing some great times and marks early in the season that are going to push them ahead in meets to come.

Rebecca Manteuffel, a sophomore thrower, continues to lead the Mustangs as she broke her own school record at Mankato with a mark of 18.38m. This placed her second overall. That throw also landed her the 11th place spot in Division II. She also finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 13.2m.

Kayla Jansky, a junior mid-distance runner, had a noteworthy performance for Mustang women. She ran 1:43.80 in the 600 meters to finish ninth overall. Also placing ninth, but in the 60-meter hurdles, was senior Denitsa Dobreva. She had a time of 9.78.

Janksy stated, “I’m happy with how we are performing but I think we still have room for improvement. I’m excited to see what we can do in weeks to come.”

On the men’s side, Connor Wigand, sophomore, set a personal best in the shot put with a throw
of 15.44m. This earned him a fourth-place finish. Isaiah Nelson, also a sophomore, finished fourth in the long jump at 6.48m and teammate Adarius Gallon, first-year, placed eighth in the long jump at 6.35m. Nelson also placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 13.38m.

The SMSU track and field team will travel to St. Johns and SDSU to fine-tune their legs before heading back to Mankato for the NSIC Conference Championships.