MARION, Ind. –Oregon Tech senior Katey Choukalos started day 2 of the Heptathlon in 15th place with three events to go. She moved up to 12th place after finishing 2nd in the long jump with a leap of 5.52 meters (18-01.50) giving her 706 points. Choukalos then grabbed 544 points as she finished 6th in javelin with her best throw of 33.57 meters (110-02). She then wrapped up her day shaving 3 full seconds off her seed time in the 800 meter finishing in 2:38.94 as she finished with a total of 4249 points now 4th on the Oregon Tech All-time list.
Tech junior Kassi Conditt hit her best mark in the shot put on her second try this afternoon at the 2013 NAIA National Track & Field Championships, but it wasn’t quite enough to get her into the Finals
Conditt placed 16th out of the field of 29 participants with a distance of 13.03 meters or 42-09 far off her season high of 44-08.75 in the competition won by Gabriella Dixon of Concordia, Ore. with a mark of 51-02.75. The top 8 in the competition earn NAIA All-American status.
Oregon Tech junior Katey Waugh broke her own school record in the 800 with a time of 2:14.60 as she just missed running in the finals by less than one second.
Oregon Tech distance runner Kirby Garlitz, is the last Oregon Tech athlete to compete this weekend, he will begin the marathon competition at 6 a.m. (3:00 am PST) on Saturday morning.
MARION, Ind. – Long distance runner Kirby Garlitz, a junior from Klamath Falls, Ore. crushed the Oregon Tech school record by more than 20 minutes, finishing in a time of 2:39:45 at the 2013 NAIA National Track & Field Championship as he competed in the marathon early this morning. In the field of 51 runners Garlitz finished 23rd in the long grueling race.
Eight Oregon Tech athletes competed at the national meet that began on Thursday and closed out today.
MARION, Ind. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Friday that 204 men’s and 313 women’s track and field student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes including Oregon Tech’s Scott Minor, a junior from Hyampto, California and Katie Waugh, a junior from Klamath Falls, Oregon, both are two-time recipients of the award in track and field.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.