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NIACC track & field: Maxwell qualifies for Nationals

MANKATO, Minn. – NIACC track and field’s Lance Maxwell (So., Racine, WI) earned a berth to the NJCAA Indoor National Championships in the men’s shot put, while Anna Buenneke (So., Hazelton, IA) qualified for nationals in her third event at the Minnesota State Open on Saturday.

Maxwell placed fourth and qualified for the national meet with a throw of 15.30 meters (50 feet, 2½ inches).  The qualifying mark for the national meet was 14.95 meters.

Buenneke qualified in her third event by winning the 5000-meter run in 18:18.26. She qualified for the 1600- and 3000-meters last weekend.

Other notable NIACC finishers included Edmond , who was second the women’s pentathlon with a score of 3175, RJ Harris (So., Des Moines, IA) placed fifth in the men’s 600 at 1:25.66, and Trent Smith (Fr., Charles City, IA) placed sixth in the men’s 5000 in 15:37.73.

Maxwell brings NIACC’s number of national qualifiers to five.  Outside of Buenneke and Edmond, Harris and OJ Ojullu (Fr., Worthington, MN) qualified in the men’s 800- and 1000-meter runs last weekend.  The national meet is on March 2 in Charleston, Illinois.

NIACC will travel to the Hilltop Invite at Cornell College next Friday and Saturday.

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