Friday afternoon Indiana Tech claimed the track and proved that they were the team to beat laying down a time of 45.07 seconds in the women’s 4×100 meter relay semifinals. Their time was three-fourths of a second off the NAIA record of 44.32 seconds set in 1994
Embry-Riddle junior Nicole Bonk was victorious in the women’s 5,000-meter speed walk today. She was a full minute ahead of Janelle Brown of Cornerstone, who placed second. Reini Brickson of Lindsey Wilson placed third at 28:30.65.
Bonk and Brown both said that, in some ways, the race walk is more difficult than a running race – mostly due to today’s heat, which reached the mid-80s during the race.
“You’re on the track longer. … You don’t get the air moving at you, too, that you get when you’re running,” Brown said.
Bonk added, “At this level, they’re all hard.” Bonk placed fifth in last year’s competition with a time of 25:52.63.
All five ladies competing in the Race Walk today also competed in last year’s NAIA competition.