GULF SHORES, Ala. – On the final day of competition at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Oregon Tech Sophomore Paul Adams (pictured on the right) hit All-American status as he finished 4th in the 5K final. Kirby Garlitz survived tough conditions to finish in the 17th position in the Marathon as he was the only runner to finish from the Cascade Conference.
Adams (Klamath Falls, Ore) ran the 5K race in 14:49.97 just, 8 seconds behind the winner Sam Atkin of Lewis-Clark who won the event in 14:41.96. Adams’ time also sets a new school record and personal best, beating his old school record set last year by more than 10 seconds.
High temperatures and even higher humidity caused 18 of 47 racers to drop out of Saturday’s Marathon including Hustlin’ Owls Scott Minor and all the other competitors from the Cascade Conference except for Garlitz. Tech’s Garlitz finished in a time of 2:53.13, 24 minutes behind the winner Arya Bahreini of Oklahoma City who finished in 2:29.06. Garlitz finishes his career as Oregon Tech’s All-Time best finisher in the Marathon with a time of 2:39.22, a time he set in last year’s National Championships. Minor dropped out of the race after the 21st mile and finishes his OIT career as Tech’s All-Time leader in the 10K, 2nd All-Time in the Marathon and 3rd All-Time in the Half Marathon.
On Day 2, Tech’s Kassi Conditt came up a little short in her attempt to reach All-American status as the senior from La Pine, Oregon missed the finals by 1 and ½ feet. Conditt’s best throw of the day came on her 3rd attempt as she reached 13.43m or 44-00.75. Conditt ends her career as Oregon Tech’s All-Time best in the shot with a school record of 13.99m 45-10.75 ahead of Brianne Kenyon with 42-10.25.
On Day 1, Oregon Tech’s Joelle Swanson (Grants Pass, Ore.) hit a throw of 44.78 m 146’-11’ a distance that clinched her 3rd place while setting a new PR by more than 2 feet, as she became only the 2nd Lady Owl to become a Three Time All – American, joining fellow Javelin thrower Michelle Klaja. Klaja is 2nd all time at OIT with a throw of 151-01 with Sarah Shelb holding the Tech Javelin record with a throw of 155-10 back in 2010.
Swanson finished 7 ½ feet ahead of the 4th place finisher, Christine Austin, of British Columbia , in the event won by Concordia(Neb.) Sophomore Elizabeth King with a toss of 164-08. Emma Buchholz of Concordia (Ore.) rounded out the top 4 with a throw of 45.57m 149-06 edging Swanson by 2 feet -7 inches for 2nd place.