BCU 4x400-meter relay team, from left: Dillian Broadnax, Robert Iron Shell, Rusty Muncy and Raheem Cowan. Photo by Jonathan Duff
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A mishap in the 4x100 helped spur the Briar Cliff University 4x400-meter relay team.
The Chargers closed out the 50th running of the Sioux City Relays on Saturday afternoon at Elwood Olsen Stadium by outdueling South Dakota in the meet’s final event.
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Briar Cliff had just missed an auto standard and school record in the 4x100 in Friday’s prelims, only to suffer a poor baton exchange in Saturday's finals. But three of the four 4x100 members are also on the 4x400, giving the squad some motivation to reach an automatic qualifying mark in their final race.
“It’s the first weekend of running the 4x100, those things happen early on,” said Briar Cliff track and field coach Nate Treinen. “They’re pretty upset about it, three out of four on the 4x400, so it was great motivation to come out and get that one qualified.”
Briar Cliff ran a school-record time of 3 minutes, 14.83 seconds in the 4x400, edging South Dakota (3:15.32) to cross first. Anchor leg Raheem Cowan, two-time NAIA national champion in the triple jump, held off South Dakota’s Erik Hill, the winner in Friday’s 400 hurdles.
Rusty Muncy, third in the special invitational 200, led off the 4x400 while senior Dillian Broadnax and freshman Robert Iron Shell handled the baton before Cowan. The foursome placed fourth at the NAIA Indoor National meet last month.
“It’s great to have USD (South Dakota) here, if they wouldn’t have been there, we wouldn’t have qualified (for NAIA Nationals),” said Treinen. “It’s nice to go after something and chase someone.
“The second and third legs try and get Raheem in a position to let him do what he does. It’s fun to watch that.”
Cowan capped a busy weekend with his second victory, adding the 4x400 to his third-straight win in the triple jump on Friday. He added a third-place in the long jump (22-4.25) to the third from Friday’s open 400.