MANKATO, MN- On Friday and Saturday, a handful of Blue Hawks competed in the heptathlon hosted by Minnesota State University-Mankato. Of the Blue Hawk roster, Sophomore Tommy Sease, freshmen Jalen Hendrickson and Beau Ackerman competed.
Ackerman led the Blue Hawks through the first two events of the heptathlon as he marked a time of 7.63 in the 60m dash and a mark of 5.87m (19'3.25") in the long jump. Sease 60m-7.75, Long Jump- 5.83m/19'1.5" and Hendrickson 60m-7.66, long jump- 5.59m/18'4.25").
Sease led the Blue Hawks through the rest of Fridays events with a mark of 10.92m (35-10) in the shot put and a personal best of 1.82m (5'11.5") in the high jump.
On the second day of the heptathlon, Sease and Hendrickson tied in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 9.74.
In the pole vault, both Sease and Ackerman had all time personal best in the event. Sease and Ackerman both placed a mark of 3.55m (11'7.75").
Sease end the multi with a win and a personal best time of 2:49.79 in the 1000 meter run.
Of the 13 athletes that competed in the event. Tommy Sease placed 5th overall with a score of 4224. Jalen Hendrickson placed 10th with a score of 3615 and Beau Ackerman placed 11th with 3328 points.
"These guys went up against some great competition and did a great job competing," stated DSU Head Coach Chris Creal. "For Beau and Jalen, this was a new experience for them and they set themselves a very solid starting point. Tommy was close to his all-time personal best score, but when comparing where he is now from last year at this time, it is clear that he is in very solid shape. This meet really helped us get an idea at where we are at and what we want/need to work on. Overall, this was a great weekend and it gave us a lot of momentum for going into the next few meets."