Three school records fall in HU men’s athletics

CANYON, Texas — Harding’s men’s athletics saw 12 athletes go head-to-head on Sunday in the WT Last Chance Meet, hosted by West Texas A&M, and a senior decathlete Matt Hipshire participated in the BYU Cougar Invitational in Provo, Utah.

It was the last meeting for Harding’s athletes to improve on previous scores earned throughout the season in an effort to earn an invitation to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

It’s unlikely that any of Harding’s athletes changed status by qualifying for nationals, but three school records did fall.

Second year Tad Kirby broke a 26-year record in the 200 meters. He finished in 21.15 seconds, beating the mark of 21.16 set by Jermaine Cuffie in 1996. Kirby finished the season ranked 40th in Division II in the 200 meters.

Junior Fallou Gaye broke his own school record in the 400 meter hurdles. He surpassed his previous record of 51.67 with a time of 51.39 seconds. Gaye is ranked ninth nationally.

Hipshire added a few points to her school record in the decathlon. His total of 6,561 points eclipsed his previous record of 6,467. Hipshire is ranked 24th in the DII decathlon.

Harding’s athletes find out Tuesday who is getting invites to the national championships.