The Conquistadors took nine athletes to the NJCAA National Championships last weekend, where the women were able to make the podium in the 4x800 meter relay at Butler's BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.
With a time of 9:51.97, the Dodge City women's 4x800 team was able to come in eighth place nationally. Claire Theis began the relay with a time of 2:26.559, then handed off to Tayler Hays who ran her 800 meter leg in 2:32.996. Abigail Stewart then ran a 2:28.387, before handing the baton to Myrissa Humphreys who finished the race with a team best, 2:24.021.
Although the 4x800 team was the only team to place at the NJCAA National Championships, the Conquistadors also had five other athletes compete in individual events.
On the men's side, Elijah Collins competed in the 100 meter dash, while teammate Tyrin Lewis competed in the 110 meter hurdles.
Brionna Hunt was the only competitor to compete in two events on the weekend as she ran both the 100 meter hurdles and the 400 meter hurdles. Keeley Latham also competed in the 100 meter hurdles. To round out the field for Dodge City, Kendra Fishercompeted in the long jump.
"Our national meet was a microcosm of the entire year," head track coach Cole Ballard said. "We had the opportunity to score points and the opportunity to do well, but for whatever reason, we could not do that. With that being said, I thought all of our kids competed very well and worked hard to get there."