Nathan Simons and his Indian Hills Men’s Track and Field teammates recorded their highest finish at the NJCAA Indoor Championships last weekend in Pittsburg, Kansas as the Warriors landed in ninth place overall and had nine athletes including Simons collect All-American status.
The nine-place improvement over the previous year’s team finish would make one think that those associated with the program would be ecstatic with such an accomplishment.
But, if you ask Head Coach Brent Ewing, your assumptions about being satisfied would be incorrect.
“This year’s team really made a statement, and I think it shows the direction our program is heading,” Ewing said. “But, I’d be lying if I said I was content with our placing though. We didn’t have the firepower to score enough points to be in the top six, but the seventh place was only eight points away.
Quarter miler Simons just missed finishing in the top ten in the 400 meters as he took 11th place with a 48.73 timing. He also teamed with Zackary Nelson, Elijah Berry, and Tchanbi in taking ninth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:14.38, which set a new school record.
“Nathan had a personal best in the 400, and top five all-time performance in IHCC history,” said Ewing. “He followed that up with a 47.9 split in the 4x400. Nathan is a hard worker who isn’t afraid to hurt.”