Five top-10 finishes for KIT track and field athletes at DHM in Frankfurt
- Datum: 11.02.2023
On Wednesday, February 8, 2023, seven KIT students made their way to Frankfurt for the German University Championships in Athletics.
Right on time at 1 p.m., the first Karlsruhe students entered the 60m starting block. However, Maximilian Waldner (7.32 seconds) and Niclas Schmid (7.41 seconds) did not get off to a good start and fell slightly short of their previous season's best times over this distance. Things went better for both of them over the 200m distance. Niclas sprinted to 9th place in 22.78 seconds in a strong field of participants. Maximilian in 13th place also had reason to be happy, as his time of 23.05 seconds was a new indoor best for him.
Joao Cardoso Neves competed over two laps in Frankfurt. Unfortunately, the race tactics he had previously decided on with a slower start did not pay off in the end. Nevertheless, Joao showed his fighting spirit and finished 13th in the 400m in 53.38 seconds.
In the men's long jump competition, it was not clear for Steffen Klinder before the start whether it would be enough for a place in the final. Thanks to constant improvements from the first to the third jump, Steffen finally made it into the top 8 athletes. In the final competition, Steffen was able to confirm his personal indoor best of 6.23 m, which he had previously set in the preliminary competition. In the end, the KIT student was able to look back with satisfaction on the DHM with 7th place and a new house record.
Two KIT students competed in the 800m, where Yannik Probst was able to secure victory in the second of three final heats in 1:57.11 minutes. In the third and potentially fastest run, Alexander Kessler initially lined up at the end of the field and watched the pace of the athletes ahead of him. Lap after lap, the field increased the pace and Alexander also fought his way forward and was part of a group of four on the final lap that was able to pull away. On the home straight, he was supposed to attack on the inside, but his rivals closed the door and he ended up in an unloved fourth place. Nevertheless, Alexander's time of 1:51.88 seconds underlined that he is ready for the upcoming German Indoor Championships. Yannik ended up in seventh place in the final standings.
Finally, Tobias Kaloghlian ran twice in the 60m hurdles. Due to a smaller number of participants, the first run was held directly as a final. Unfortunately, the hurdles sprinter from Karlsruhe did not get off to a good start and was subsequently unable to find the optimum rhythm through the hurdles. A good 5th place was still not enough to satisfy Tobias, knowing that bronze would have been within reach in an optimal race. In a subsequent interlude run, Tobias was at least able to improve his time from the first run (8.74 seconds) to 8.68 seconds.