RMC Track quartet wins All-American title, column by Brenden Leaming, photo by Coach Yoall Akyei

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Pictured Left to Right: Gino Giovagnoli, Fred Petsch, Brenden Koech, Brenden Leaming

In the first week of March, Rocky Mountain College’s Fred Petsch, Brenden Leaming, Gino Giovagnoli, and Benson Koech traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee, to run in the NAIA National Championship indoor track meet. They qualified their Distance Medley Relay in Brookings, South Dakota and then prepared to compete against some of the best athletes in the entire USA and Canada in Johnson City. The Distance Medley Relay consists of four legs: a 1,200 meter, a 400 meter, an 800 meter, and a mile. Petsch started the race with the 1,200m, Leaming followed with the 400m, Giovagnoli took the baton and ran the 800m, and Koech finished the race running the mile.

Twenty two of the best NAIA teams in America and Canada showed up to compete in this relay, which consisted of three preliminary heats followed by one final heat two days later. In order to make it past the preliminary heats and into the finals each teacm had to either place top two in their heat or have the next two fastest times. The Rocky quarter ran a great first race and placed third in their heat. Their time was fast enough to push them to the finals two days later aling with only seven other teams. That Saturday, Leaming, Giovagnoli, and Koech earned All-American status for the first time and Fred Petsch eacned his second honor. The team ran even faster than the race before and placed fifth overall. These boys represented RMC well as they stood at the pedestal receiving their plaques labeling them as a top MAIA National relay team. This was just the beginning, as RMC outdoor season kicked off March 19 in Great Falls.

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