Friday, March 01, 2013

NAIA Indoor Nationals - Day 1

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

Mile Men-
   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

See you on the roads, tracks and trails

The Muddy Buzzard

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