HSU's Nationally Ranked Outdoor Track & Field Teams By: Lauren Jackson

Although running may not be for everyone, the sport of track and field is nothing less than arduous.

In areas of agility, speed, power and discipline, our Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys and Cowgirls have displayed their highest ability and skill level. After week one of competition, HSU men placed 5th and HSU women placed 24th in the nation. These are now the highest rankings in school history for the Cowboys in track and field as of March 29.

Not only did the outdoor men’s track and field team rank 5th in the nation, but the cowboys also ranked number one in their men’s 4x100 meter relay event at the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open. The team consists of E.J. Konah, senior computer science major from Philadelphia, Pa., Parnelle Shands, junior business administration major from Dinwiddie, Va., Daelen Warren-Fruge, senior business management major from Little Elm and Aidan Matthews, undecided freshman from Maypearl.

Another highlight from last week’s event was the Cowgirls ranking nationally. This week Zach Mitchell, junior psychology major from Mansfield, broke the school record for the 1500-meter finishing in at a time of 4.04.57 at the TAMU Commerce meet.

After competing in the Red Raider Open and other meets this season, the HSU Cowboys now stand in the top eight in the nation. The next opportunity for the track and field teams to compete will be the Warhawk Invitational on April 15. We wish our men and women the best of luck in displaying their athleticism and school pride in every event that they inter..