MITCHELL, S.D. – MaKenzie Hageman hasn’t even been with the Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team for a full school year, but she’s already experienced plenty of success with the Tigers.
The freshman sprinter from Watertown, S.D., recorded nine top-10 finishes for Dakota Wesleyan this indoor season and earned a pair of All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors at the league’s indoor championships. She has also set or tied a handful of records for USA Deaf Track and Field, DWU head coach Pat Belling learned recently.
Hageman – who attended Waverly/South Shore High School – set two Women’s Indoor American Records for USADTF and set two records and tied one in the Women’s Indoor Collegiate division. In the Women’s Indoor American Division, Hageman set the 60-meter dash record with a time of 7.9 seconds at the GPAC championships. The previous record was 8.3, set in 2006. She also set the record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.16 seconds, also at the conference championships. The previous record was 27.87 seconds, set in 1990.
In the Women’s Indoor Collegiate Division, Hageman tied the record for the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.45 seconds at the Buena Vista Open, tying the record set in 1998. She also broke the 60-meter dash record with her time of 7.9, besting the record of 8.3 set in 2006. Hageman also set the record for the 200 in the Women’s Indoor Collegiate Division with a time of 26.16, more than one second better than the previous record of 27.7 seconds, set in 1998.
Hageman earned All-GPAC honors in the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the league’s indoor championships this February. She took fifth in the 60 and eighth in the 200. She also holds some of the top-10 times in DWU indoor history in both events. Her best finish this season was a third-place finish in the 55-meter dash at the Dordt Invitational in February.
Hageman looks to continue her success with the Tiger track and field team this outdoor season. Dakota Wesleyan begins this outdoor season this Friday and Saturday at the Wayne State Invite in Wayne, Neb.