GULF SHORES, Ala.. – Oregon Tech’s Joelle Swanson (Grants Pass, Ore.) opened up the 2014 NAIA National Track & Field Championships with a 3rd place overall finish and 6 points in the javelin to give Oregon Tech their first points at the national meet.
On Thursday, Swanson hit a throw of 44.78 m 146’-11’ 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.
Seeded in the second flight with the top javelin throwers in the country, Swanson unleashed a throw of 44.78 meters in her first try of the day and it would stand as her best throw of the day.
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.
Events scheduled for day 2 on Friday for Oregon Tech include Kassi Conditt throwing in the women’s shot put scheduled for 10:00 am pacific. Conditt enters the meet in 9th on the National level with a best throw of 45’10.75” – 13.99m she needs to place the Top 8 to reach All-American status.
Also on Friday, Oregon Tech sophomore Paul Adams will run in the men's 5000 meter run trial run. Adams currently is 16th in the NAIA with a time of 14:44.38 and will need to finish in the top 16 to qualify for Saturday’s 5000 meter finals.
Day 3 events on Saturday will start early for Oregon Tech with Scott Minor and Kirby Garlitz running in the Marathon at 3:00 am Pacific Time.
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