Morningside College's potent women's track and field team includes this trio of talented distance runners who hold several school records. including, left to right, Kara Nelson and Breanna Mathes of Cherokee, and Jess Hudelson. Nelson is a former Cherokee standout, and Mathes starred at Galva-Holstein. Photo contributed
SIOUX CITY - Both the men's and women's 3200 meter relay teams from Morningside College advanced to Friday's finals at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships with school-record times in Thursday's semifinals. The men's team of Brian Gesink, Garret Ehlers, John Harris (former Galva-Holstein prep) and Monte Larson combined for a time of 7:40.95 to shatter the former school mark of 7:45.59, set at last year's national meet. Morningside posted the third fastest time overall in the semis.
The women's team of former Cherokee Washington prep Kara Nelson, McKenzie Reece, former Galva-Holstein prep Breanna Mathes and Jessica Hudelson had the sixth fastest time overall, but their time of 9:17.79 destroyed the school mark of 9:23.92 set last season. Mathes's split of 2:15.7 led the Mustangs' effort.