Tuwei hits national qualifying time as LCSC performs well at UI meet
MOSCOW, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College junior Eric Tuwei qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track National Championships by running the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:47.62 to claim first place at the University of Idaho indoor meet on Saturday at the Kibbie Dome.
Warrior athletes also managed to set three school records.
“All in all it was a good day for being so early in the year,” said LCSC track coach Mike Collins. “Obviously, we’re very excited to have already qualified one individual for the indoor nationals. Hopefully we can get a few more qualified over the next two weeks.”
Both the LCSC men’s and women’s 1,600 meter relay teams set school records. The women ran the race in 4:24.57, while the men finished in 3:53.48.
Nicole Hardisty set a school record by running the 60-meter dash in 8.85 seconds, while teammates Kelsy Klettke, Madison Randall, and Sheree Barbour finished eighth, ninth, and 10th, respectively, in the 800.
In the 3,000 meters, Lindsay Szybura finished eighth and Kyli Astle finished ninth with times of 11:07.85 and 11:29.83, respectively.
Melissa Neuman also gave a noteworthy performance as she reached 39-6 in the weight throw, and Grant Eldridge finished eighth in the mile run with a time of 4:33.37.