JAMESTOWN, ND – Blue Hawk indoor track & field saw success in the North Star Athletic Association men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon event. Cleet Wrzesinski and Thomas Sease finished first and second, both reaching the standard for the NAIA National Championships. Paitton Herbst finished highest for the women at third, Abby Honeyman finished fifth Zoee Boschee finished sixth, Lexee Craig finished seventh.
In the men's heptathlon, the two Blue Hawks competing won six out of the seven events, controlling the conference competition. Wrzesinski started strong in the events, he began with a 7.19 second 60 meter, winning the event. He went on to win long jump at 6.87 meters and the shot put with 10.6 meters. Sease and Wreszinski each struggled in the high jump finishing third and fifth, but they would finish the competition strong. Wrzesinski would expand his lead in the 60 meter hurdles with 8.54 time for the win. Sease would cap off the competition with wins in the pole vault at 3.70 meters and 1000 meter at 2:15.
Wrzesinski took the conference crown on his way to setting a NSAA heptathlon record. The points in the multi events count towards the team totals in the overall conference championships. This puts the Blue Hawks in first with 18 points, trailed by Waldorf with 10 points. The two Blue Hawk's success qualifies them for the NAIA Indoor National Championship in Pittsburg, Kansas March 1-3.
The women's team had four competing in the pentathlon. Herbst finished top for the team, third overall. Her top finishes came in the 800 meters where she finished first at 2:48 and second in shot put at 9.56 meters. Honeyman finished second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9:36.
The Blue Hawk men's and women's track team will continue their indoor schedule next weekend, February 17, at the North Star Athletic Association Championships in Brookings, SD. The Blue Hawks will be defending their 2017 team title in the championship. In 2017 the women finished second in the field.