Oregon Tech Travels with Eight to 2013 NAIA National Track & Field Championships
MARION, Ind. – The Owls will have eight track & field athletes representing Oregon Tech, including six school-record holders, when the 2013 NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships begin next week. The NAIA championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University, begin Thursday, May 23rd and run through Saturday, May 25th.
Tech doubled the participants it sent from last year’s national championships, from four to eight, while the Cascade Collegiate Conference will send 99 total student-athletes to the three-day event. The championships are being hosted by IWU in Marion, Ind., which will once again provide live video streaming of the national meet, along with live results.
Returnees to this year’s national competition include Scott Minor, Kirby Garlitz, Kassi Conditt and Joelle Swanson. Minor will compete in the 10K, where the sophomore is seeded 19th in the event (31:24.51), with Garlitz seeded 16th in the marathon. Conditt, who earlier this year set a school-record in the shot put, is seeded 13th with a distance of 13.87 meters (44.51feet). Swanson, a NAIA All-American in the javelin in 2012, looks to improve on her 8th place finish, as the sophomore is seeded 6th with a toss of 44.06 meters (144.55 feet) heading into competion this week.
Newcomers include Shanelle Cayetano, Katey Choukalos, Katie Waugh and Paul Adams.
Cayetano, a freshman pole vaulter, holds the school-record with a height of 3.5 meters (11.48 feet), while seeded 22nd in this year’s competition. Choukalos, a senior in the heptathlon, heads into the championship with 4291 points and ranks ninth of the 16 event participants. Waugh will compete in the 800 meter run where the junior is seeded 17th with a time of 2:14.73. Adams finished seventh in the conference championships, a B qualifying mark with a time of 3:54.65, his best clocking of the season, and is seeded 17th at the NAIA meet.
All 10 Cascade Conference schools will be sending at least one athlete to the national championships this year. In total, the CCC will be represented by 51 student-athletes in the men’s championship and 48 student-athletes in the women’s championship. The total of 99 qualifiers is down 16 from the CCC record of 115 set last year.
Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon lead the way with 21 total athletes representing each of the schools. Concordia and College of Idaho will each send 15 to the national championship while Corban will also have double-digit participants with 11.
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