KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Owls will have five track & field athletes representing Oregon Tech, including four school-record holders, when the 2014 NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships begin this week. The NAIA championships will take place in Gulf Shores, Alabama, beginning on Thursday, May 22nd and runs through Saturday, May 24th. The championship will be video streamed live for $5.95. Click here for more information.
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All five Tech athletes return from last year’s national competition, including Scott Minor, Kirby Garlitz, Paul Adams, Kassi Conditt and Joelle Swanson. Minor, who competed in the 10K last year, will run the marathon where the senior is seeded 19th in the event with Garlitz seeded 22nd competing in the same event. Adams competed in the 1500 meter race last year, and makes his first championship appearance in this year’s 5K where the sophomore heads in seeded 12th with a time of 14:44.38.
Conditt, who earlier this year bested her own school-record in the shot put, is seeded 9th heading into the NAIA championship with a distance of 45-10.75. Swanson, a NAIA All-American in the javelin in 2012 and 2013, is currently ranked 4th in the event with a toss of 144-08.25. The top 8 athletes in each event earn NAIA All-America status.
All 10 Cascade Collegiate Conference schools will be sending at least one athlete to the national championships this year. In total, the CCC will be represented by 92 student-athletes, including 46 in the men’s championship and 46 athletes in the women’s championship. The total of 96 qualifiers is down nineteen from the CCC record of 115 set in 2012.
If you or your organization would like help support our athletes and coaches with national travel costs, please visit www.oit.edu/give.