JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Lewis-Clark State College's first attempt at a relay at the annual men's NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships went well Thursday night, but the Warriors still wound up short of qualifying for the finals.
The Warriors sent a medley relay team to compete at the 45th annual championships, which started Thursday at East Tennessee State University's Memorial Center Mini-Dome.
Despite competing only sparingly in relays, LCSC had three freshmen and a sophomore compose a distance medley relay team that met the national qualifying standard and wound up seventh in one of three heats. Only the top eight times advanced to the finals on Saturday.
Despite not qualifying, LCSC coach Mike Collins was happy with the performance.
"We beat six team we weren't supposed to so that is something good to build on," he said.
The relay team consisted of freshmen Tanner Smedley, Josh Shrewsbury, and Fernando Esparanza, along with sophomore Grant Eldridge. They finished in a time of 10 minutes, 34.61 seconds. Wayland Baptist had the top time of the three heats at 10:06.10.
The relay team was the only event LCSC was entered in at the national meet.