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Carroll College outdoor track teams in top-15 nationally

 

HELENA –

Carroll College Men’s outdoor track team has moved down from 11th to 14th, while the Women made a small leap moving from 13th to 12th place following the latest national ranking. These results are from the third edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Team Computer rankings, which were released Wednesday, April 23rd.

“Last week we had a very solid dual meet and had the unique opportunity to send some of our top athletes to compete at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon against elite competition,” 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.

On the Men’s side, Concordia (Ore.) remains in the top spot with an overall point total of 469.70. And Indiana Tech also remains in the top spot on the Women’s side with a point total of 554.91.

At the Great Falls Invitational last weekend, the Fighting Saints had 27 first-place finishes in a dominating performance on both the men’s and women’s competitions in Great Falls.  The Carroll men beat the Argos 107-47, while the women won 109-45.

At the Oregon relays, Rhianna Grossman finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running just one second off her personal best with a time of 10:49:84. Freshman phenom Leah Esposito captured the 1500-meter race with a time of 4:31:54.  Troy Solly placed 8th in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:51:78 and Sandy Torres finished 13th in the women’s 800 with a time of 2:13:99. Carroll College superstar pole vault champion Easton Padden finished third, clearing a height of 16-feet 2.75 inches.

“We had some excellent performances, Leah and Rhianna were just terrific and Troy held his own against some exceptional runners, I’m really proud of all of their performances,” Clark said.

Carroll College takes their talents to Pullman, Wash. For the Cougar Invite this weekend where the competition is again strong with top teams from the northwest competing.

 

 

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By the Independent Record

Carroll College’s Leah Esposito and Alexis Gerry were named Frontier Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

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By the Independent Record 

Taking the short trip to Great Falls on Saturday, the Carroll College track teams both turned in dominant performances. The Saints men beat the Argos 107-47, while the women won 109-45.

“We’ve just got a really good team this year,” coach Harry Clark said. “I talked with their coach afterward, and he gave us a great compliment about how well we handled ourselves.

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By the Independent Record

Carroll College junior Rhianna Grossman finished fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase Friday at the Oregon Relays, running just one second off her personal best.

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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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