by Joshua Schott
As the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track championships came to a close in Alamosa March 1, Metro walked away with five more NCAA provisional qualifying times as well as three school records.
Senior sprinter Belle Kiper had a big day finishing with one provisional and three school records. In the triple jump Kiper finished eighth and jumped a distance of 11.46 meters, which tied her school record from earlier in the season.
She also helped set a school record in the 4×400-meter relay team which consists of sophomore distance runner Janelle Lincks, junior middle distance runner Judith Chavez and sophomore distance runner Breanna Hemming. They finished fifth, and set the school record with a time of 3:59.41. Kiper’s final school record of the day came in the 200-meter race where she finished sixth with a time of 25.76 seconds breaking her own previous record.
Fellow 4×400 relay team members Hemming and Lincks also went on to reach provisional times. Hemming reached her provisional time while finishing second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.73. Lincks also finished second with a provisional time of 10:19.05 in the 3,000 meters. Fellow teammate and distance runner, junior Amy Johnston, finished seventh in the 3,000 meters with a provisional time of 10:37.72.
Not to be outdone by the women’s team, the men’s 3k sophomore distance runner Chris Davis finished fourth with a provisional time of 8:58.91. Senior sprinter Jon Clarke finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 22.21 seconds and finished seventh in the 60 meters with a time of 6.97 seconds. Junior sprinter Justin Jimmerson finished fourth in the 200 meters falling just behind Clarke with a time of 22.23 seconds. Jimmerson also went on to finish eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 12.80 meters.
At the end of the RMAC indoor championships the men’s team and women’s teams both placed seventh. The men’s team finished with 30 points and the women’s finished with 39. Adams State finished first in both men’s and women’s team rankings.