Michael Rhoads and Katie Diekema. Courtesy of Air Force Academy and Calvin College

Michael Rhoads and Katie Diekema. Courtesy of Air Force Academy and Calvin College

Former Inglemoor runners Rhoads and Diekema compete at NCAA championships

Inglemoor High graduates Michael Rhoads and Katie Diekema have taken their running talent to the next level and competed at the NCAA Division I and III Indoor National Championships, respectively, this weekend.

Diekema, a 2015 Inglemoor graduate, ran the mile for Michigan’s Calvin College at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama. She notched a time of 4:58.69 in the prelims and missed the finals heat by one spot.

She was seeded 11th with a time of 4:55.52 and was recently named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s most valuable runner for indoor track and field after winning league titles in both the mile and 5,000-meter runs.

Diekema ran cross country and track at Inglemoor, was a member of a the 2014 seventh-place state cross country team and holds a school record as part of the 4×800 relay (9:41.3).

Rhoads, a 2016 Inglemoor graduate, ran the 800 meters for the Air Force Academy at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station. He ran a 1:49.73 in the prelims and didn’t qualify for the finals.

Rhoads qualified for his first national meet after clocking an Academy-record time of 1:48.22 (adjusted for altitude) during a runner-up performance at the Mountain West Championships.

Rhoads ran cross country and track at Inglemoor and was a state champion in the 400 meters and with the 4×400 relay. He also helped lead the track team to a second-place finish in 2016 at the state meet. He holds Inglemoor records in the 400 (48.21) and with the distance medley relay (10.26).

“I am really proud of both athletes. It is fun to see them doing so well at the collegiate level and staying healthy,” said Inglemoor coach Kelly Richards.

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