Conditt, Swanson Hit Auto Qualifying Mark, Ellingson takes 2nd in Pole Vault
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Nine meet records fell over the three-day Cascade Collegiate Conference Track & Field Championships, including five today, as the 10-team conference event concluded at John F. Moehl Stadium on the campus of Oregon Tech this afternoon.
Oregon Tech had two athletes hit the automatic qualifying mark during afternoon competition, while Kevin Ellingson had the top finish of any Oregon Tech athlete, a second place in the pole vault, during CCC meet action on Saturday. Tech sophomore Kassi Conditt in the shot put, along with freshman Joelle Swanson in the javelin, will move on to the NAIA National Championships in their events later this month.
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The Concordia men earned their seventh consecutive team championship with 237 points, while Southern Oregon followed in second place with 181 points. The College of Idaho men tallied 121.5 points for a third place finish.
Kassi Conditt had a career-best mark in the shot put. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The Concordia women claimed their sixth straight team championship crown behind 11 individual champions. The Cavs earned 228 points to take the title, while College of Idaho finished in the runner-up spot with 164.5. Eastern Oregon placed third in the CCC championships team race after recording 131.5 points.
The day began with a meet record in the men’s shot put, as Concordia finished 1-3-4-5 in the event. Concordia’s Eric Whalen set the new record with a distance of 59-11. The previous record was set in 1998 at 58-11. Max Perry, last year’s winner, finished runner-up with a mark of 58-02.5, while the Cavs’ Nate Moses placed third with a throw of 55-00.
Three runners ran a NAIA automatic qualifying time in the women’s 800 meter run, as Concordia’s Junia Limage took the individual crown in 2:11.95. Alma Garcilazo, last year’s event champion, finished runner up with a time of 2:13.18, with College of Idaho’s Hillary Holt clocking in at 2:14.36.
In the men’s 800 meter race, Southern Oregon Matt Battaglia came from four back with 80 meters remaining to claim the individual championship in a time of 1:55.08. Concordia’s Jasen Brown placed second in 1:55.17 and Dominic Bolin of Concordia took third with a time of 1:55.51.
A 16-year-old meet record fell in the women’s 400 meter hurdles where Eastern Oregon‘s Kimmy Moore took home the individual championship with a time of 1:01.69. It is also a new Mountaineer school-record in the event. The previous meet record was 1:01.94 in 1995 by SOU’s Jill Carrier. Crossing with a time of 1:03.81 with a NAIA automatic qualifying time was College of Idaho’s Jasmine Sibert. Amelia Maguin from Southern Oregon clocked in at 1:04.35 placing third in the event.
Kevin Ellingson placed second in today's pole vault competition. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Three NAIA automatic qualifiers came out of the women’s javelin, as Aria Nojima led the way with a toss of 154-03 to claim the CCC title. Eastern Oregon’s Randall Brooke finished runner-up with a mark of 149-02 with Oregon Tech’s Joelle Swanson tossing a career-best 136-01.
The men’s 400 meter hurdles came down to the wire between Concordia’s Jordan Reeher and College of Idaho’s Michael Hurd, where the Cavs’ Reeher took top-honors, narrowly missing a meet record by just .03 seconds. Reeher clocked in at 53.09, while Hurd timed in at 53.21 to finish runner-up. Also from Concordia placing third was James Ratliff in 55:01.
The third meet record of the day fell in the women’s 200 meter dash where NyEma Sims of Concordia posted a 24.32 time earning the individual championship. College of Idaho’s Diamond Mitchell crossed in 25.19 taking second place and Mikayla Garrard of Southern Oregon University followed in third place with a PR time of 25.91.
In the men’s pole vault, Eastern Oregon’s Robbie Haynie set a new CCC meet record, today’s fourth new record, after a 17-03 mark in the event. Oregon Tech’s Kevin Ellingson cleared 14-11 to take runner-up honors, a career-best for the Owl vaulter, while Nathan Stecker of Warner Pacific placed third at 14-05.25.
Jonz Olander brought the Raiders home an individual championship in the men’s 200 meter dash, as the Raider claimed top-honors with a time of 22.12. Beau Bridge, also of SOU, eked out a second place finish in 22.364, while Concordia sprinter Justin Oliveri timed in at 22.367 to earn third place for the Cavs.
Three NAIA automatic qualifiers came out of the women’s shot put competition with Concordia going 1-2 in the event. Kayla Xavier defended her title from 2011 with a mark of 46-10.25 on her first throw of the afternoon, while teammate Gabriella Dixson claimed second with a throw of 44-05.5. Oregon Tech’s Kassi Conditt put together a career-best toss after hitting the 44-04.75 mark.
Ally Manley earned the CCC championship in the women’s 5,000 meter run, as the Northwest Christian freshman clocked in an 18:12.71 time. Southern Oregon finished 2-3 in the event with Seena Frantz taking second place and teammate Alexandra Rudd taking third in 18:42.42 and 18:50.55 respectively.
College of Idaho freshman Audrey Yourens bested the field with a mark of 5-05 in the women’s high jump to claim the CCC crown. Deborah McCloud pushed the bar to 5-3 to claim second place for Warner Pacific and Candace Crew of C of I took third place with a jump of 5-01.
College of Idaho will bring another CCC champion back to Caldwell, as Greg Montgomery ran a 15:25.63 in the men’s 5,000 meter run to take top honors. Southern Oregon teammates James Johnstone and Eric Avila went 1-2 for the Raiders, as Johnstone ran a 15:28.79 with Avila following in 15:33.69.
Concordia went 1-2-4 in the men’s javelin as four athletes claimed NAIA automatic qualifying distances in the event. Jesse Staub took top-honors for the Cavs with a throw of 212-09, with teammate Tim Wyland following with a throw of 193-05. Northwest University’s Luke Fischer placed third with a mark of 191-08 and Concordia’s Eric Whalen fourth at 191-01.
Tech's Joelle Swanson qualified for the NAIA National Meet after going over 136 feet in today's javelin competition. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Eastern Oregon claimed the women’s 4 x 400 relay with an automatic qualifying time of 3:54.85. Southern Oregon placed second in 3:57.31 and College of Idaho third with a time of 4:00.59.
In today’s final event two NAIA automatic qualifiers came out of the men’s 4 x 400 relay, along with the eighth and final meet record of the week. Concordia held off Southern Oregon down the stretch to claim the meet record and CCC championship with a time of 3:14.51. Southern Oregon followed in 3:15.12 and Corban University claimed third in 3:16.82.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet was Kimmy Moore from Eastern Oregon. Moore set a meet record in the 400 meter hurdles, while winning the heptathlon event. Moore was part of the 4x100 meter relay team that set a new school record and anchored the 4 x 400 team that took first place. Moore also placed second in the 100 meter hurdles, fourth in the 400, third in the women’s long jump and sixth in the high jump.
Robbie Haney from Eastern Oregon was voted men’s Field Athlete of the Meet, his second straight, after winning the pole vault in record setting fashion. Haynie was CCC champion in the high jump and decathlon, finishing the CCC meet with 59 individual points.
Concordia’s NyEma Sims earned female Track Athlete of the Meet after winning the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash – both meet records. Sims was also part of the 4 x 100 NAIA automatic qualifying team, along with scoring points in the shot put, high jump, long jump and heptathlon. Southern Oregon’s Jonz Olander was voted men’s Track Athlete of the Meet after winning the 200 meter dash and 400. Olander was part of the second place 4 x 400 relay team and anchored the 4 x 100 CCC championship team.
Coach of the Year on the women’s side went to College of Idaho’s Pat McCurry, while Randy Dalzell was voted men’s Coach of the Year.
Final Men’s Team Standings:
1. Concordia – 237
2. Southern Oregon – 181
3. College of Idaho – 121.5
4. Eastern Oregon – 108
5. Warner Pacific – 60.5
6. Corban - 58
7. Oregon Tech - 28
8. Northwest University - 17
9. Northwest Christian U. - 5
Final Women’s Team Standings
1. Concordia – 228
2. College of Idaho – 164.5
3. Eastern Oregon – 131.5
4. Corban - 85
5. Southern Oregon - 66
6. Warner Pacific - 57
7. Northwest Christian - 43
8. Northwest U. - 22
9. Oregon Tech - 20
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