Warriors fall just short of All-American marks at indoor finals; qualify for outdoor nationals
GENEVA, Ohio – Jimmy Oribo missed earning All-American honors by under seven seconds, and Dave Marks and Fernando Esparanza also weren’t far away on the final day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships held at the Geneva Area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust Sports Complex on Saturday.
Oribo, a sophomore from Kampala, Uganda, finished the 5,000-meter finals in seventh place with a personal-best time of 14:38.13, just seconds behind the sixth-place finisher who ran the course in 14:31.72. The top six places earn All-American status.
Marks and Esparanza qualified for finals as well and ended up claiming 10th and 11th in the 3,000, respectively. Marks had a time of 8:40.84, and Esparanza a time of 8:43.66.
Also, on the same day LCSC was represented at the indoor nationals, Warrior marathon runners Taylor Galusha and Amanda Palmer posted qualifying marks for the NAIA outdoor championships at the Snake River Canyon Half Marathon at Wawawai Landing just outside of Clarkston, Wash.
Galusha, a freshman from Meridian, Idaho, finished the race in 1:13:06, which was good enough for fourth overall, while Palmer, a junior from Weiser, Idaho, claimed 48th with a time of 1:31:45.
Galusha and Palmer join teammate Casey Hampton who qualified for nationals in the marathon on Feb. 20.
The Warriors will kick off all events of the outdoor portion of the season next weekend at the Bruce Sweeney Open in Lewiston, Idaho.