The NAIA (smallest of the collegiate divisions) is holding their indoor track and field national championships this weekend @ The Spire Institute facilities in Geneva, OH. And, we have quite a representation of athletes from Montana schools including Carroll College, Rocky Mountain College and University of Great Falls.
Here's a quick summary report of Day 1 (which was mostly preliminaries - the big day of finals is tomorrow)
400 M Men - Stephan Delaney, Freshman, Carroll (Charlo HS). 48.94, qualifies for finals with the 6th fastest time.
800 M Men -
Troy Solly, Junior, Carroll. 1:54.11, qualifies for finals with 4th fastest time.
Austen Stuchell, Junior, Carroll. 1:56:12 - 12th in preliminaries
Andrew Hornung, Senior, Great Falls. 1:56:42 - 13th in preliminaries
Shawn Peden, Freshman, Rocky. 1:57.37 - 16th in preliminaries
Derrick Williams, Fresman, Carroll (Columbia Falls HS). 4:12.34, qualifies for finals with #1 time
Lyle Pocha, Sophomore, Carroll (Missoula Loyola). 4:14.42, qualifies for finals with #10 time
3000 M Men - Noah Kiprono, Senior, Rocky. 8:50.10. 20th in preliminaries
Distance Medley Relay (which includes 400, 800, 1200 and Mile) - Men
Carroll - 10:05.38 - qualify for finals with 5th fastest time. (This team includes Solly, Williams and Pocha - all of who also have individual event finals on Saturday)
HJ Men - Daniel East, Freshman, Carroll. 6' 6", 16th in preliminaries
3000 M Women -
Jordan Mathes, Freshman, Carroll. 10:23.24, qualifies for finals with 5th fastest time
Shelby Sweeney, Senior, Carroll. 10:29.95, qualifies for finals with 10th fastest time
5000 M Women - Hannah Hafner, Sophomore, Carroll (Wolf Point). 18:01.21, qualifies for finals with 10th fastest time.
Distance Medley Relay - Women
Carroll, 12:12.94. Qualifies for finals with 2nd fastest time.
Rocky, 12:35.51. 15th in preliminaries.
Pole Vault - Women
Marissa Arneson, Junior, Carroll (Missoula Sentinel). 11' 11 3/4". 5th Place in Final - All-American.
So, not a bad day for the MT colleges. 1 All American finish (by a MT native). 9 individual or relays qualify for finals (and, 4 of those individuals are MT natives).
Tomorrow should be an exciting day.
A results link can be found at:
You can also find live results at www.runnerspace.com
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard