Tough competition didn’t stop two Red Raiders from claiming victories in their respective events at the Minnesota State Open in Mankato, Minn. on Saturday. Junior Charity Miles ran 18:34.1 in the 5000-meter run to win the race and provisionally qualify for nationals. Senior Kyle Sauter was the other champion, running the 60-meter hurdles in 8.38.
Sophomore Kara Den Herder also had a notable performance, setting the school record in the weight throw with 46’6.75”. She placed 11th in her event. Other top-ten finishes came from juniors Jenna Sorensen, who placed eighth in the mile (5:31.5), Stacey Dietrich, who was ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.81), Breann Rozeboom, who was tenth in the 5000-meter run (19:33.8), and Corrie Fautsch, who placed tenth in the 600-meter run (1:42.1), along with freshman Jana Olson, who pole vaulted 9’2.5” to finish tenth.
On the men’s side, sophomore Mark Mineart cleared 5’10.75” in the high jump to capture ninth place. Freshman Adam Potter rounded out the top-ten finishers by running a 2:03.5 in the 800-meter run and placing tenth.
The Raiders will compete next in the John Dalton Invite at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D. on Saturday.