NAMPA, Idaho — Hunter Drops, Cindy Reed and the women’s distance medley team all posted ‘A’ qualifying marks for Oregon Tech Saturday at the Boise Team Challenge indoor track and field meet. FULL RESULTS
“The team has improved over the last month,” said Head Coach Jack Kegg. “I am very excited to take the largest number of athletes to indoor Nationals in Oregon Tech history. These 7 athletes are rated high and should do well.”
The distance medley team of Danielle DeCastro, Amber VonEssen, Susie Garza and Reed finished their Saturday race in 12 minutes, 13.83 seconds and are now No. 2 nationally during the meet dominated by NCAA Division I schools.
Cindy Reed, in the women’s 3,000, also had an ‘A’ time, which she bettered for the second straight week as she is now No. 4 nationally.
Drops cleared 4.79 meters in the men’s pole vault to qualify for the NAIA national championships March 1-2 in Brookings, S.D. He also came close to the school record of 4.92 meters set by Bryan Quinn in 2004.
The men’s distance medley relay team of Chris Ramirez, Travis Thomas, Ricky Garciaand Paul Wyatt missed qualifying for the national meet by less than a second. Wyatt also narrowly missed a qualifying time in the men’s 800.
Donnie Pate, meanwhile, tied the school record for the 60-meter dash in his preliminary heat at 7.02 seconds. In the finals, he was fifth in 7.06.
Two other school records came close to following — the men’s 4×400 indoor relay team in Angel Valdez, Garcia, Joshiah Stroup and Thomas, while Delani Dietrich was less than a half-second shy of the school record in the women’s indoor 800.
The NAIA national indoor track and field championships will be held February 28, through March 2, at South Dakota State University, hosted by Dakota State University in nearby Madison.