The Vikings competed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships this weekend. Grand View secured the conference championship on Saturday.
Courtesy Vikings Athletic, click here! Feature photo: Grand View Men’s Track Team©Doug Wells 2020
Ben Huftalin (JR/Osage, Iowa) was crowned the champion of the 1,000-meter finals. Huftalin posted a time of 2:31.87.
The 4X400 relay team continued their dominance of the indoor season, as they captured the conference championship crown. Team members include, Jacob Clouse (JR/Albia, Iowa), Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer (JR/Buffalo, New York), Leo Desequeira(FR/Davenport, Iowa), and Isaiah Wittrock (SO/Richland, Iowa). They posted a time of 3:18.82.
It was Zach Stacy (SO/West Des Moines, Iowa) who was victorious in the Shot-Put finals. Stacy threw 15.44 meters.
Clay Siefken (SR/Burlington, Iowa) won the Weight Throw championship. Siefken threw 18.51 meters.
Daniel Headley (SR/Melbourne, Florida) finished in 5th place overall in the 60-meter finals. Headley posted a time of 6.97 seconds.
It was Headley again finishing inside the top 10 in the 200-meter finals. Headley finished in 4th place with a time of 22.17 seconds.
Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer recorded a top 5 finish in the 400-meter finals. Rodriguez-Spencer posted a time of 49.69 seconds, which was good enough for 5th place overall. Jacob Clouse finished in 7th place, posting a time of 50.04 seconds.
Two additional Vikings finished inside the top 10 in the 400-meter finals. Tyler Miller (SO/Madrid, Iowa) finished in 9th place overall (50.19 seconds) and Leo Desequeira finished in 10th place overall (50.19 seconds).
A group of Vikings finished inside the top 10 in the 800-meter finals. Isaiah Wittrock finished in 3rd place with a time of 1:57.06. Ben Huftalin finished in 5th place (1:57.53). Talon Munger was able to finish in 8th place with a time of 1:58.88.
In the 1,000-meter finals, Talon Munger finished in 6th place.
Trevor Albert (JR/Eldon, Iowa) finished in 2nd place in the 3,000-meter finals. Albert posted a time of 8:50.82. Albert also followed up his 3,000-meter finish with a top 5 finish in the 5,000-meter race. Albert finished in 4th place overall with a time of 15:25.03. Anthony Rodriguez also finished in 8th place overall.
It was Grand View’s Caleb Chmelka (SO/Council Bluffs, Iowa) who finished in 3rd place overall in the 3,000-meter race/walk finals. Chmelka posted a time of 17:12.67.
In the 60-meter hurdle finals, it was Tyler Miller who finished in 6th place overall. Miller posted a time of 8.63 seconds.
In the Distance Medley Relay finals, it was the Vikings team of Nick Wakefield, Brandon Albaugh (SR/Polk City, Iowa), Ben Huftalin, and Ahren Davis who finished in 2nd place overall. They posted a time of 10:44.67.
Trent Beck finished in 2nd place overall in the Long Jump. Beck jumped 7.16 meters. Daniel Headley finished right behind him with a 3rd place finish overall with 7.07 meters.
Headley continued his strong conference championships with a 4th place finish in the Triple Jump. Headley posted a jump of 13.69 meters.
All indoor season long it has been Vikings inside the top 10 in the Shot-Put event. The conference championship was no different. Austin Hill (SR/Pella, Iowa) finished in 3rd place, Clay Siefken finished in 5th place, Niles Siefken (SO/Burlington, Iowa) finished 7th overall, and Tyler Goeller (SR/Fairbank, Iowa) finished in 9th place overall.
The same group continued their dominance in the Weight Throw finals as well. Austin Hill finished in 2nd place, Tyler Goellerfinished in 5th place, and Noah Clark (JR/Prairie City, Iowa) finished in 10th place overall.
In the Heptathlon finals there were four Vikings who finished inside the top 11 overall. Sean Madsen (SO/Grimes, Iowa) finished in 5th place, Malachi Thongvanh (SO/Adel, Iowa) finished in 6th place, Jacob Large (SO/Olathe, Kansas) finished in 10thplace, and it was Bubba Rutledge (SR/Tama, Iowa) who finished in 11th place overall.
The Vikings will have some time to rest and prepare for the NAIA National Championships. Events will begin on Thursday, March 5th. The championships are a three-day event, running Thursday through Saturday. Please make sure to check back to gvvikings.com for all of your updates!