Raheem Cowan collected all-conference honors in four events as he led the Chargers to a sixth-place finish at the GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, in Seward, Neb. It was the highest conference finish in the history of the men's track program.
Cowan won the triple jump for the second-straight year with a leap of 47 feet, ¾ inch, finished fourth in the long jump (22-8), sixth in the 400-meter dash (50.52 seconds) and anchored the Chargers' 4x400-meter relay team, which finished second and set a new school record with a time of 3:19.53.
Bryce Harshman, who had already qualified for nationals in the high jump, provisionally qualified in his signature event — the long jump — with a leap of 23-3½, good for second place. Cody York also hit the provisional standard for nationals as he registered a toss of 188-7 in the javelin, finishing second and rewriting the school's record books. Holden Oelke set a school record in the pole vault, clearing 13-11¼ and finishing with a share of seventh place. Other notables for the Cliff include a near sweep in the triple jump. The Chargers finished first, second and fourth. Cory Hollamon finished just behind Cowan with a jump of 46-4, while Brandon Lindsey was fourth with a leap of 45-9. Clay Pagels tied for second in the high jump as he cleared 6-6¾.
On the women's side, Briar Cliff finished 11th overall. The Chargers' three relay teams each scored. The 4x800 team finished sixth with a time of 10:12.23, while the 4x100 finished seventh (51.22) and the 4x400 eighth (4:09.07). Tara Cockerill, a conference favorite in the shot, was injured throwing the javelin, scratched out of her signature event and did not attempt the discus. Cockerill, who has already qualified for nationals, is expected to make a full recovery prior to the national meet which begins May 23 in Marion, Ind.