By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR
Earning All-American status for Carroll College track and field on Friday at indoor nationals was the men’s 4x800 relay and freshman pole vaulter Terah Cundith. The men’s 4x800 relay team — made up of John Dunley, Austin Stuchell, David Thor and Troy Solly — finished in sixth place in 7:40.88, despite leading the pack at one point.
“It was a dogfight to the end,” Saints coach Harry Clark said. “Everybody was screaming, the whole crowd was into it.”
The biggest surprise came from David Thor, who, after already competing in the 800-meter prelims, ran a 1:51 split in the relay to take his team from the back of the pack to the front on the third leg.
By Troy Shockley, Helena IR
The Carroll College track and field program is younger than most at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships. But, by the end of the weekend, the Saints were standing among some of the most storied programs in the nation. And two of those Saints — pole vaulter Easton Padden and distance ace Rhianna Grossman — leave Geneva, Ohio, this afternoon as national champions.
“I’m really excited. We came in and I did everything Coach asked me to do today,” said Padden, who claimed his third national title with a clearance of 16 feet, 8.75 inches. “We thought we’d go for broke there at the end, but I didn’t quite make it.”
After locking up the title, Padden made an aggressive attempt at 17-6.5, which would have been a new personal best. He had two near-misses in his three attempts and left feeling a bit disappointed despite claiming yet another national title.
By Troy Shockley, Helena IR
With even the athletes not moving on even after blowing away personal records on Thursday, the first day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships was a fun one for Carroll coach Harry Clark.
It was a light first day at the meet, being held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, with just a handful of multi-events competitions and some preliminary heats scheduled. Still, the Saints fared extremely well.
“We had a whole day of huge PRs,” Clark said. “I was so proud of them. They came here to compete. They weren’t intimidated and they ran the best times of their lives today.”
Stephan Delaney got the heptathlon started well, and sits in 10th after four events — the 60, long jump, shot put and high jump. Still to come for Delaney are the 60-meter hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000 meters. They are three of his better events, and Clark fully expects him to move up into the Top 8 and earn All-American status.
By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR
Shortly after winning his first indoor NAIA national title last year, Carroll College pole vaulter Easton Padden said it was going to take a while to sink in.
He has now had a year to reflect on his accomplishment, a year that also included a national title in outdoor track and field last spring. On Saturday, Padden can become the program’s first three-time national champion when he competes at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The Laurel native goes in with the top vault in the country this year at 17 feet, 4.5 inches — a Carroll College record. The next closest clearance among national field is nearly an entire foot lower, meaning his chances of defending his crown are good.
“I’m going in pretty confident,” Padden said. “A lot of it is very mental at this point. I just need to go in and make sure I’m focused.”
By the Helena IR
Carroll College’s Beaugh Meyer, Troy Solly and Rhianna Grossman were honored by the Frontier Conference for their performances this past weekend.
Meyer was named the men’s indoor field athlete of the week after placing second in the shot put at the Bobcat Open. The freshman from Boise, Idaho, had a toss of more than 53 feet. Solly, a senior from Issaquah, Wash., earned the men’s indoor track athlete award after winning the 800-meter run in 1:51.01 at the Bobcat Open. Grossman took home the league’s women’s indoor track athlete honor after finishing fifth in a field of nine in the Bobcat Open women’s 1,600-meter. The junior from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, finished in 5:17.92.
The Carroll College track and field squads competed at the Bobcat Open in Bozeman Friday
The Carroll College womens A squad won the 4x400 meter relay race with a time of 4:00.88. The Saints women won several field events. Latecia Howell took first in the long jump with a distance of 5.47 meters; Kathleen Mulligan won the triple jump with a distance of 11.6 meters; and Ashley Medeiros took the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 13.17 meters.
On the men’s side, Carroll College’s Troy Solly won the 800-meter race in a time of 1:51.01. The Saints swept the top three in the men’s pole vault as defending national champion Easton Padden took first place with a vault of 5.05 meters while Josh Seeberger and Gunnar Hilborn took second and third respectively with vaults of 4.40 meters and 4.25 meters.
Carroll College will travel to Geneva, Ohio for the NAIA Indoor National Championships March 6-8.
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