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Carroll College Outdoor Track Teams Climb in Latest Rankings

 

HELENA –

Both Carroll College outdoor track teams have moved up following strong performances in Spokane at the War VII track meet. The Carroll College Men moved up from 15th to 11th, while the Women’s team made a significant leap from 20th to 13th after the second edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer rankings were released Wednesday.

“We had great weather to begin the meet and qualified more athletes for nationals.  Once the weather turned, we didn’t get all the performances in that we had hoped for, but our schedule has a lot of important meets one after the other so we will have plenty of opportunities to improve,” Carroll College head coach Harry Clark said.

The USTFCCCA NAIA National Championship Rankings are determined based on a formula of how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual, relay events and how highly they are ranked.

Indiana Tech currently occupies the top spot in the women’s rankings, with Concordia (Ore.) taking over the top spot in the men’s rankings.

At the War VII meet, the Fighting Saints had three athletes claim individual victories: Ben Cutler (200 & 400-meters), Stephan Delaney (400-hurdles) and Rhianna Grossman (Steeplechase).

Nicole Davey qualified for nationals with her performance in the 400-hurdles; she becomes the ninth Carroll Athlete to qualify for the outdoor national meet along with the women’s 4x400 relay team.

Davey joins: Leah Esposito (1500-meters), Rhianna Grossman (1500-meters & steeplechase), Mallery Knoll (400m-hurdles), Kathleen Mulligan (triple jump), Troy Solly (800-meters), Stephan Delaney (400m-hurdles), Easton Padden (pole vault), Beaugh Meyer (shot put).

“Qualifying [nine student-athletes and a relay team] is great so far, but it’s their improvements that we are really zeroing in on.  I’m excited to see how our five competitors do in Eugene and then when we head to Pullman, the competition really ratchets up; we can measure where we’re at better by the end of the month,” Clark added.

 Carroll College has two meets upcoming this weekend.  Five All-American members of the Fighting Saints teams travel to Eugene Oregon, for the Oregon Relays (Grossman, Sandy Torres, Esposito, Solly and Padden).  The rest of the team travels to a dual-meet with the University of Great Falls on Saturday.

 

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The Carroll College track and field team traveled to Spokane on Saturday, and the trip was well worth it for the Saints.

While wet weather moved in at the end of the meet — leading to a no-height for standout pole vaulter Easton Padden — plenty of Saints got in some good times on the track.

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Following an impressive showing last Saturday at the Montana State Open in Bozeman, MT both Carroll College Outdoor Track Teams cracked the top-20 nationally after the first edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer rankings was released Wednesday.

The Fighting Saints Men’s team is ranked number 15 nationally, with the Women’s team coming in at 20th nationally.

“It’s a quick transition from indoor to outdoor, but our student-athletes haven’t missed a beat so far.  They are competing hard and getting good results and qualifying for nationals already,” Carroll College head coach Harry Clark said.

The USTFCCCA NAIA National Championship Rankings are determined based on a formula of how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual relay events and how highly they are ranked.

Indiana Tech currently occupies the top spot in the women’s rankings, with Oklahoma Baptist first in the men’s rankings..

At the MSU Open, the Fighting Saints had six athletes claim individual victories: Kathleen Mulligan (triple jump), Ben Cutler (400-meter), Stephan Delaney (400-hurdles), Easton Padden (pole vault), Beaugh Meyer (shot put) and Sancho Ridesatthedoor (10,000 meters).

Easton Padden, the defending national champion in the pole vault is currently ranked number one in the country.  Stephan Delaney ranks second overall in the 400-meter hurdles, and Beaugh Meyer ranks sixth currently in the shot put.

“We’re looking to build on the success from the indoor season and place even more Carroll Athletes in the national meet, it’s a good start and I expect many more strong performances as the season goes on,” Clark said.

Kathleen Mulligan ranks eighth in the triple jump, Rhianna Grossman, a national champion during the indoor season is ninth nationally in the 1500-meters and Mallery Knoll and Nicole Davey rank sixth and ninth respectively in the 400-meters.

Up next for Carroll College is a trip to Spokane for the War VII invitational on Saturday.

By Wally Feldt, Frontier Conference Media Relations 

WHITEFISH, Mont., Apr. 7, 2014 – Ben Cutler and Beaugh Meyer of Carroll College were named the Frontier Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week.

Cutler, a senior from Kalispell, Mont., was selected the track athlete of the week. He took first in the 400-meter at the Montana State University Invitational. Cutler’s winning time was 16.39.

Meyer, a freshman from Boise, Idaho, was selected the field athlete of the week. At the Montana State University Invitational, he won the shot put with a winning throw of 48.2. 

Mallery Knoll and Kathleen Mulligan of Carroll College, were named Frontier Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

Knoll, a junior from Big Fork, Mont., was named the Track Athlete of the Week. At the Montana State University Invitational, she finished second in the 400- meter with a time of 58.92.

Mulligan, a junior from Des Moines, Wash., was named the Field Athlete of the Week. At the Montana State University Invitational, she took first in the triple jump with a jump of 11.51 meters. 

By the Helena IR

Despite contending with some crazy weather Saturday in Bozeman, the Carroll College track and field team left the MSU Open with multiple winners.

“It was a fantastic day,” Saints coach Harry Clark said. “The kids ran great.”

There were 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground when the team arrived for the meet, and Saturday consisted of wind and even more snow showers before the clouds broke and it got nice. Carroll took the elements in stride, Clark said.

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By Troy Shockley Independent Record

Competing in its first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday, the Carroll College track and field team traveled to soggy Dornblaser Field in Missoula for the Al Manuel Invitational. There, the Saints picked up a trio of wins, including an 800-meter sweep.

“We had some pretty good performances for the first meet of the year,” coach Harry Clark said. “They came here and it was raining like a bugger this morning. I mean, downpour. It kind of cleared up later on, but a lot of them were competing in pretty wet weather.”

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