Senior hurdler Dylan Kalinay capped off a memorable indoor track and field season with Simpson’s best finish at indoor nationals in 33 years, placing third in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, March 10.
A senior from Toledo, Iowa, Kalinay came into the championship seeded sixth in the 60-meter hurdles and entered the final with the No. 5 qualifying time. He moved up two spots to third by running 8.18 in the final, the top finish by a Simpson male at indoor nationals since Danny Bauer (5k) and Kirk Pederson (800) won national titles back in 1985.
The 2018 Most Valuable Track Performer at the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships, Kalinay is now a two-time All-American, adding to his eighth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 outdoor national championship. His finish in the 60 hurdles this season is the best by a Simpson male — indoor or outdoor — since Matt Chance took second in the 5,000 meters in 1996.
Kalinay qualified for the national meet on Feb. 3 when he broke his own school record in the 60 hurdles, breaking the tape in 8.11 seconds at the Wartburg Select in Waverly. He also qualified for nationals in the 60-meter dash that day, running a personal-best 6.90 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history. He went on to place 13th in the 60 at the national meet.
He dominated the Iowa Conference throughout the indoor season, earning Track Performer of the Week honors four times.