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NIACC qualifies 3 events for nationals at Wartburg

This news story was published on January 24, 2016.
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niacc_trojans_logoWAVERLY – The NIACC men’s and women’s track teams qualified three events for the NJCAA national indoor meet Saturday at the Wartburg College Chelsey M. Henkenius Open.

NIACC sophomore Imad Amenzou won the 800-meter run in a time of 1 minute, 56.38 seconds to qualify for the national meet as the Trojans placed eighth with 43 points.

Amenzou’s time of 1:56.48 was just off his school record time of 1:56.05 set at last year’s national meet where he placed third.

Wartburg was the men’s overall team champion with 149.3 points.

The Trojans’ distance medley relay team of Jose Aguilera, Mark Maddox, John Enright and Zach Freund placed second and qualified for nationals in a time of 10:40.12.

Also for the NIACC men, sophomore Jacob Day won the mile in 4:31.51. Sophomore Ruben Dorsey was third in the triple jump (12.58 meters) and Maddox was fifth in the 600 (1:25.12).

In the women’s meet, NIACC freshman Steinunn Atladottir placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 10.54 meters to qualify for nationals. Atladottir also was foufth in the long jump (5.06 meters).

The NIACC women placed eighth with 26 points. Wartburg won the meet with 219.33 points.

Also for the NIACC women, freshman Kendra Schmidt was fourth in the 1,000 (3:31.98) and sixth in the mile (6:00.06). Freshman Jordan Lane was sixth in the 1,000 (3:36.33).

NIACC returns to action Friday at the Jack Jennett Invitational on the Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls.

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