By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines outdoor track team split up this weekend to compete at two different events.
A small squad of two traveled to Kansas Friday and Saturday to participate in the very high powered Kansas Relays while the rest of the Hardrocker thinclads made the trek to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Colorado State University Ram Open.
NAIA national qualifiers Chandler Caldwell (senior from Thornton, Wyo.) and Tyler Flattum (senior from Bristol, S.D.) had the opportunity to compete at the Kansas Relays. Flattum ended up finishing 11th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.87 seconds and Caldwell was a Top 20 placer in the pole vault clearing a height of 15-feet-1-inch.
“Tyler performed very well. He won his heat but only the top eight times advance to the finals. He fell a little short,” said Hardrocker head track coach Jerry Schafer. Chandler competed in the Friday competition of the college pole vault (also a competition held on Saturday). It was equally as tough as the (Reno Summit) with the same quality of vaulters.”
The Reno Summit was where Caldwell set a new school indoor record in an extremely competitive and talented field of vaulters.
As for the rest of the Hardrockers, there were a number of personal and seasonal improvements at the Ram Open.
SDM sophomore John Heine (Harington, Neb.) had a personal best in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 11.22 for seventh place. ‘Rocker freshman Chris Hannan (Idaho Falls, Ida.) also had a personal best mark in the 200 dash with a mark of 23.45 for 20th place.
“Heine and Hannan were probably the highlight performances of the meet for us,” Schafer said. “The 200 marked the second time Chris has run that race this year. They both ran tremendously and I was pleased with them. We also had some others who showed improvement.”
Hardrocker sophomore Dustin Jordan (Pierre, S.D.) improved his personal best mark in the 400, posting a time of 52.17 for 16th position. Mines senior
Colin Royer (Ft. Pierre, S.D.) also competed in the 400, earning ninth in a time of 50.81 for a season best finish.
Freshman Corbin Haller (Sidney, Neb.) kept a fast pace in the 800 run and ended in a time of 2:00.78, earning eighth place for his fastest mark of the season and Everett Brill (Elko, Nev.) had a personal best distance in the hammer throw at 117-8 and placed in the top 30.
The Hardrockers also got a look at freshman Michael Ross (Fort Worth) who just joined the track team. Ross performed in the long jump and the triple jump. In the long jump Ross leaped an eighth-place finish with a distance of 19-2 and then had a length of 41-7 in the triple jump for 10th place.
“Michael competed well,” Schafer said. He did okay for his first (college) meet. We just had to find out where he was at.”
The Hardrockers will make a return trip to Fort Collins for the high powered Jack Christenson Invite Saturday.
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