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Outdoor Track and Field - Fri, May 5, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. – The Lewis-Clark State College men's and women's track teams hit three NAIA national meet qualifying standards during the University of Oregon Twilight Meet held Friday.

LCSC had 12 athletes participate in the meet and three met qualifying standards, while another just missed it by one hundredth of a second.

 

Jenny Sapp posted a 400 hurdles time of 1:03.08 to meet the NAIA A standard qualifying time, which earns her an automatic berth in the national meet. Any runner who posts a time of 1:03.30 or better in the event earns an automatic berth to run at nationals, which will be held May 25-27 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.

"Jenny hit the A standard but I'm not sure she really ran it (the race) that well because she hit a few hurdles with the wrong leg," LCSC coach Mike Collins said. "But she is getting there. I'm very happy for her."

Two other LCSC athletes met B qualifying standards. Tomislav Smith posted a personal best of 3:55.06 in the 1,500 meters, while Katelynn Skiles turned in a 2:15.46 time in the 800 meters.  Ariel Jensen, who already met the A standard earlier this season in the 800, did it again with a 2:13.75 time.

In NAIA track, a coach then can use up to three entries for men and three for women who meet B standards to get into the national meet.

In the men's 110 hurdles, Joel Boozer came in fourth in a time of 14.96, just missing the B qualifying standard mark of 14.95. It was a personal best for Boozer and also the first time he finished the event in under 15 seconds.

Collins said Boozer ran a great race, especially since he was up against some stiff competition, including the fastest qualifier at the U.S. Olympic trials last year.

"I think we had a really good day, especially with the number of kids who competed," Collins said. "This is the largest number of kids we have had accepted since we started coming over."

Collins said entries to the meet are based on season-best performances, so for example, only the top 8 or 16 participants will be accepted to compete in an event.

The Warriors will try again Saturday to qualify more for nationals when they take part in the Linfield Open at McMinnville, Ore. Collins said LC will have approximately 40 competitors in the meet, including all who competed on Friday. He said because the men's and women's team have more than three B qualifiers each, he's looking for some of the athletes to improve and hit A standards, including the men's 4 x 800 relay team.

LCSC results

WOMEN

800 - 3 Ariel Jensen 2:13.75. 5 Katelynn Skiles 2:15.46.

100 hurdles - 5 Jenny Sapp 15.55.

400 hurdles - 5 Jenny Sapp 1:03.08.

Shot put – 10 Jossilyn Blackman 35-04.50.

Discus - 9 Olivia Kana 128-01.

Weight throw - 6 Olivia Kana 148-03

MEN

200 heat 1 - 6 Tristan Hites 23.67.

800 Section B - 5 Jesse Styner 1:54.16.

1500 Section B - 8 Tomislav Smith 3:55.06.

110 hurdles - 4 Joel Boozer 14.96.

High jump – Kurtis Bonner, no height.

Long jump - 5 Falk Thieme 22-01.

Discus - 8 Zak Johnson 139-09