Broncos in midst of record-breaking season
Hastings College women’s track & field team ranked fifth in the NAIA
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College women’s track & field team has made noise this season. They placed sixth in the NAIA National Indoor Championships to go with seven All-Americans. Now they are seeing that success spill over to the outdoor season.
“I think depth wise. This is the most talented team we’ve ever had,” Hastings College track & field coach Ryan Mahoney said.
The Broncos are ranked fifth in the country and the last two seasons they have emerged as a consistent top-five team in the NAIA.
“The improvement we’ve had from freshmen year to junior year is just incredible,” Hastings College junior Daisy Maessner said. “That’s because of coaching and how competitive our girls team is right now. We just continually keep getting better and better and better.”
On top of growing as a program, they have set multiple school records this season.
“We’ve got some really, really tough school records,” Mahoney said. “Tiersa Darley, another Nebraska kid, has set the record twice in the javelin. Abbi Collingham has set the record in the pole vault three times.”
With the records have come national recognition. Lauren Tamayo competes in the heptathlon and pentathlon for Hastings College and has earned weekly honors from the NAIA and the GPAC.
“I compete like I’m in second place, even though I know I’m doing really well,” Tamayo said. “Having that push and that mentality of, I need to win because right now I’m behind. That’s what I think what makes me so strong.”
Having top athletes in the same events can lead to competition within the team but that has not hurt their chemistry.
“It’s always a competition,” Maessner said. “You always want to do well but when you finish it’s not, ‘Ah man. I’m so upset that I didn’t win that.’ It’s Carson beat me in long jump, or if Julian beat me in the 100, it’s good job. We have a solid team right now and I’m proud of my friend for doing a great job.”
The Broncos have 12 qualified for nationals. With podium aspirations, Coach Mahoney is keeping his team’s mindset on themselves.
“In track we can’t play defense,” Mahoney said. “We have no control over our opponents so all we can do is go out and have our best performances, leave everything out there and then be able to walk away and say that was everything we had.”
Next up for the Broncos is the GPAC Championships which start tomorrow and go until Saturday, May 1st.
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