LCSC sends relay team to NAIA Indoor Meet
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Lewis-Clark State College will have a men’s distance relay team running Thursday when the 45th annual men’s NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships begin at East Tennessee State University’s Memorial Center Mini-Dome.
LCSC had two individuals qualify for the mile run in the meet, but both decided to forego the individual races to concentrate on the relay team, which will compete in the semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m., PST. The top eight teams from the semifinals advance to Saturday’s finals, which begin at 1:50 p.m.
Warrior coach Mike Collins says his young relay team, which is the first LCSC relay team to qualify for nationals, is capable of running a great race.
Members of the team are sophomore Grant Eldridge, and freshmen Tanner Smedley, Josh Shrewsbury, and Fernando Esparanza with sophomore Mickael Testa serving as the alternate. Both Shrewsbury and Esparanza qualified for nationals in the mile run.
The women’s meet also will be held at the same time at the Memorial Center Mini-Dome, but LCSC won’t have any competitors.
More than 1,100 student-athletes from 110 schools across the United States and Canada are scheduled to compete in 42 events over three days.
Azusa Pacific, which has won three straight tiles, is the heavy favorite again to win the men’s team title, while Wayland Baptist of Texas is the team favorite on the women’s side.