SPOKANE - Lewis-Clark State College sophomore Dave Marks won the 5,000-meter run in an NAIA national meet qualifying time of 14 minutes and 42.12 seconds at the WAR IV meet at Spokane Falls Community College on Saturday.
The meet, which uses a scoring system of all schools participating from Washington against schools from Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, saw a handful of Warrior athletes do well.
Marks, who earned NAIA All-America honors in the 5,000 at the national meet last season, won the race by three seconds over the nearest competitor.
The Warriors also received personal records by Jake Meyer in the hammer throw, Hayden Randall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Fernando Esparanza in the 1,500.
Esparanza finished fifth in his race and just missed the NAIA national qualifying mark by half a second. He was timed in 3:57.53, while freshman Tommy Bollinger was 50th in 4:35.33.
Marks led a strong showing for LCSC in the 5,000 as Jake Miller finished 14th in 15:51.28, Nick Pierson was 23rd in 16:18.30, and Conor Thompson was 27th in 17:11.16.
Randall finished 15th in the steeplechase in 10:03.89, while Meyer was eighth in the hammer at 148-03, and also was 12th in the javelin at 152-03.
Mathias Nees placed 28th in the 500 in 53.35, and was 38th in the 800 at 2:04.12. Bollinger was 52nd in 2:09.35.
On the women's side for LCSC, Kayla Stewart was 10th in the javelin at 124-10, just missing out advancing to the final eight.
AnnieKate Olson was 16th in the steeplechase at 13:30.22, while Madison Randall was 22nd in the 5,000 in 19:24.45. Samantha Minor was 30th in 19:44.08, while LaDawn Vinson was 44th in 22:34.54.
A total of eight teams from Washington - Washington State, Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Seattle U., Seattle Pacific, Whitworth, and Community Colleges of Spokane - faced off against eight others schools - LCSC, Idaho, Boise State, Montana, Great Falls, Eastern Oregon, Treasure Valley CC, and Northwest Nazarene - in the meet with Washington schools claiming the overall titles for both men and women.