SMSU TRACK AND FIELD: Aidrus captures 5,000 meters with record-setting time at NSIC Championships

MANKATO – The Southwest Minnesota State track & field teams wrapped up the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday at Myers Fieldhouse on the campus of Minnesota State University.

Highlighting the two-day championship came late on Saturday as Bashir Aidrus captured the 5,000 meters title with a conference meet record time of 14:33.86, breaking the previous record by nearly six seconds. Aidrus also earned All-NSIC honors on Friday with a second place finish in the 3,000 meters.

The SMSU men’s team finished with 24 points to place 10th out of 11 teams, while the SMSU women’s team earned seven points and finished 13th out of 15 teams.

Kristin Weber earned the SMSU women’s team one point on Saturday with an eighth place finish in the 800 meters crossing the finish line at 2:26.01.

Isaiah Nelson had a strong showing in the triple jump finishing just shy of a school record with a mark of 13.67m and placing in 10th place.

On Friday, Aidrus earned All-NSIC honors in the 3,000 meters by placing second with a school record time of 8:32.89 and help earn SMSU earn eight team points.

Ashanti Payne set a personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 16.67m to earn sixth place and produce three team points.

SMSU’s distance medley team of Chase Hamilton, Jake Evans, Hever Valenzuela and Bashir Aidrus crossed the finish line in sixth place with a school record time of 10:27.46 to earn SMSU three points.

On the women’s side, Rebecca Manteuffel recorded four team points by placing fifth in the weight throw with a school record mark of 16.65m. Teammate Angela Prokosch scored two points for the team with a toss of 16.50m-which ranks third best in program history-to finish in seventh place.

Kristin Weber ran the second-fastest time in program history in the 800 meters at 2:24.95 to advance to the finals on Saturday.

Denitsa Dobreva broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.57, but failed to qualify for the finals.

The outdoor track & field season will begin on March 30 with the Mustang Open in Marshall.

Content courtesy of SMSU Athletic Communications

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