Marks wins 3,000 and qualifies for NAIA national indoor meet
PULLMAN, Wash. – Lewis-Clark State College sophomore Dave Marks qualified for the NAIA national indoor track and field meet by winning the 3,000-meter race at the Washington State University Open II indoor track and field meet on Saturday.
Marks, who is from Lake Oswego, Ore., met the NAIA-qualifying time by winning the race in 8 minutes. 39.89 seconds and set a school record in the process. Marks won the race, which had more than 30 competitors, by nearly three seconds.
Marks is the third Warrior to qualify for the NAIA national meet, which will be held March 3-5 in Geneva, Ohio. He joins Jimmy Oribo (5,000 meters) and Fernando Esparanza (3,000 and mile run).
Oribo finished fifth in the 3,000 on Saturday in 8:53.79, while Esparanza was ninth in 9:03.94. Also for LCSC, Sean Huey was 16th in 9:20.83, Nick Pierson was 24th in 9:34.27, and Tommy Bolling was 30th in 10:01.77.
Bolling also was 26th in the mile run in 4:57.71, while Mathias Nees was 20th in the 400 meters in 54.79.