LEWISTON - Eleven (11) Lewis-Clark State Track and Field student-athletes are headed to Yankton, S.D. to compete at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
Seniors Madi Carson, Cole Olsen and Clayton VanDyke all appeared in the meet as individuals last season, and will be joined by the women’s 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay this time around. Ashley Britt will also compete at nationals as an individual for the first time in her career.
The Warriors accomplished their marks at the only indoor meet on the schedule this season, meaning it was all or nothing for the athletes.
“Right now, we are pretty grateful for getting the opportunity to compete at nationals,” Head Coach Mike Collins said. “With everything that has happened in the last year, we have learned not to take things for granted. Even with only one meet to try and qualify in, we took that as an opportunity and did our best to make the best of it and we came out of it doing pretty well. A few more meets might have garnered us a few more qualifiers, but the kids going will definitely represent the college well and we will do our best to enjoy the opportunity we have to compete in South Dakota.”
Carson, a two-time All-American in the indoor pole vault, returns to the national stage as the 11th seed. She hit a mark of 3.57m at the Polar Vortex Classic. Olsen will race in the 5,000m as the eighth seed. His time of 14:42.24 won the event at the meet. VanDyke enters as the highest individually-seeded Warrior at third in the 1,000m (2:28.29) after a win last weekend.
The 4x400m squad of Ashley Britt, Rebekka Kalmbach, Anika Grogan and Karlie Smith enter as the 14th-seeded group with a time of 3:59.65. Emily Adams, Rylee Brown, Geraldin Correia and Maja Plaznik are seeded 10th (9:36.16) in the 4x800m relay.
The NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by Dakota State University will take place at the Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse from March 3-6 in Yankton, S.D.