Track and Field competes in South Dakota

Barry Allen, Sports Reporter

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The Winona State University women’s track and field team competed in the South Dakota State University Division II Invitational on Friday, Jan. 18. Multiple Warrior runners finished first in their events and veteran senior Hope Willenbrink set a new school record in the 1000m run.

Willenbrink finished second overall with a time of 2:57.54, only three-tenths of a second behind the winner from South Dakota State University. Her previous best time was set in 2017 when she ran a 2:58.33 in the 1000m run. The new school record marks the second week in a row with school records set by Warrior women. Senior Anna Roghan set a new school record in the Warrior’s last meet in the 3000m run. She placed third in the 1000m run on Friday with a time of 3:01.39.

In the mile run, senior Anna Roghan finished first with a new personal best time of 5:04.58. Junior Nicki Staffen finished in second with a time of 5:13.28.

Senior Ali Johnson (2:16.63) topped the field for the second week in a row in the 800m race. Fellow senior Brittany Schyvinck won the 400m dash with a time of 57.27, closely followed by her first-year sister, Brooklyn Schyvinck, who ran a 57.71 and finished second overall.

First-year runner Michaela Pryor had a strong day finishing second in the 60m dash (7.73) and third in the 200m dash (25.60). Both times were personal bests for the rookie.

The Warriors will travel to Mankato next weekend for the first of three trips over the next month in meets hosted by the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks.

The NSIC Indoor Championships are also in Mankato and will be on Feb. 22-23. Winona State will compete in the Mark Schuck Open next weekend.