Three for qualify for Nationals
By Rory Noble
The Mountaineer track and field team continued their successful season at the Albertson’s War VII, hosted by the Community College of Spokane. During the April 12 meet, two individual performances and one team relay performance exceeded the NAIA “A” standard.
In the 4×400 meter relay, EOU’s Megan Sullivan, Irene Olivo, Carlondra McGee-Woolbright and Kadie Booth finished with a time of 3:52.29, good enough for second place in the event and under the “A” standard of 4:02.00 for the event. The time was also the third best in school history.
Booth had an exceptional day, also placing second in the 100-meter dash and first in the 200-meter dash and the 4×100 meter relay. Her time of 12.28 seconds in the 100-meter dash was the second fastest in EOU history. Joining Booth on the relay team were Sullivan, McGee-Woolbright and Kendall Current. Their time of 48.12 just missed the “A” standard of 47.99 for the event. However, the time is a new school record for the event.
The winning time in the 200-meter dash for Booth was 25.37 seconds. In the same event, Sullivan finished third with a time of 25.81 seconds and Current finished fourth with a time of 25.90 seconds.
Moving away from the track, EOU’s Harley McBride hit the NAIA “B” standard in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters, which gave her second place in the event. Sophomore Ashley Barker cleared 1.55 meters to take sixth place as well. Barker also placed eighth in the women’s long jump.
The men had their share of success too as Damian Flores qualified for Nationals with his second place finish in the 1,500 meter run. His time of 3:49.85 was almost six seconds better than the “A” standard of 3:54.50.
Hans Roelle took first place in the 800-meter run. He beat NCAA Division I athlete Andy Phillips of Gonzaga for the victory. Roelle paced himself early but came through for the victory at the finish line. Flores placed twelfth in the event with a time of 1:55.47.
Another come-from-behind victory went to Brian Wickham in the men’s discus throw. With one throw to go, and sitting in fourth place overall, Wickham threw for 46.76 meters to surpass Kevin Rima’s best of 45.97 meters. Jason Hendricks finished in seventh place with a best of 41.96 meters.
Flores and Roelle joined teammates Tyler Zyph and Ty Warn to place fourth in the 4×400 meter relay. Also, Travis Simpson finished third in the men’s high jump, clearing 1.95 meters.
The EOU women scored 102 points, good enough for third place at the event. The men’s team, which scored 75 points, finished in fourth place.
Next up for the Mountaineers is a trip to Nampa, Idaho for the Northwest Nazarene University Invitational on April 19.