NIACC's Khat wins 800 at regional meet

COUNCIL BLUFFS - NIACC's Wal Khat won the 800-meter run and placed second in the 1,500 at the NJCAA Region XI meet Saturday and Sunday.

Khat won the 800 in a time of 1 minute, 56.66 seconds just edging out Iowa Central's Ashenafi Hatte, who was second in 1:56.71.

In the 1,500, Hatte won in 3:57.78 and Khat was second in 3:57.82. Also in the 1,500, NIACC's Blake Keller was fifth (4:15.48) and Canyon Kuhlmann was seventh (4:27.45).

NIACC's John Kraft was second in the 5,000 in a time of 16:04.11.

NIACC was fifth in the team standings with 51 points. Iowa Central was the regional champion with 359 points and Iowa Western was second with 263 points.

Also for the NIACC men, Ethan Klasi was eighth in the 400 in a time of 51.59 and Dennis Elms Jansson was seventh in the javelin (35.68 meters).

The NIACC 4x400-meter relay team of David Carter, Elms Jansson, Scott Hengesteg and Klasi was third in 3:30.44. 

NIACC's 4x100 team of Brody Goos, Jakob Luna, Klasi and Andre McKinney was fourth in 43.53. The Trojans' 4x800 team of Keller, Samuel Dean, Carter and Kraft was fourth in 8:23.57.