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Track and Field - Wed, Apr. 12, 2017

HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College track and field will compete in two separate events this weekend. The bulk of the team will compete at the Yellowjacket/Battlin' Bruins Open at the Laurel High School Track, but two athletes will compete in the Buttercup Half Marathon in Arlee.

Five Carroll athletes have qualified for nationals in seven events, but just Leah Esposito is the only athlete to qualify in running events. The weather was a factor in the first meet of the year, but great weather is in the forecast for Thursday in Laurel.

"We are a few weeks into practice, and the weather is going to be beautiful tomorrow so now is the time to start racking up qualifications," head coach Harry Clark "We are in full swing of things now, and it is time to start taking care of business. There will be some good competition at the meet, including a few NCAA DII schools, so the team is excited about the competition."

All-American Crystal Schmidt has already qualified in the high jump and the javelin, but she will miss Thursday's meet because of school requirements. Clark will look for some younger members of the women's team to hit qualifying marks.

"This should be a big weekend for Hannah Porch and Brooke Endy," Clark said. "They have looked great at practice, and I am ready to see what they can do against some good competition."

On the men's side, the story is the same. Clark is looking for some strong performances with good weather in the forecast.

"I would like to see what Brian Anderson does in the hurdles, and Jack Dunley does in the 800," Clark said. "I want to see some improvement in the relays for both the men and women. Those are a few that need to get the ball rolling this week."

Saturday, on the other side of the state, Janie Reid and Layne Ryerson have a chance to qualify in one of a few events that are only offered in the NAIA, the marathon.

To qualify for the marathon, a male must run a half marathon in 1:13:30. The women's qualification time is 1:30:00. Reid, earned All-American honors in the 10k last year but may be better suited for even longer distances. Ryerson, a Helena native that transferred back to his hometown from Whitworth University in Spokane, came back with the marathon in mind.

The Buttercup Half begins and ends at the Arlee High School track.

"It is an exciting opportunity for our team," Clark said. "We haven't had a marathoner in a few years, so we are excited for an opportunity to take advantage the unique events in the NAIA, and hopefully it will lead to some points at Nationals."

Thursday's meet begins with field events at 1 p.m. and the running events at 1:30 p.m. Saturday's race in Arlee begins at 10 a.m.