Marks and Oribo lead LC runners at NNU Invite
NAMPA, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College sophomore Dave Marks finished second in the men’s 1,500 meters and met the NAIA national qualifying time, while teammate Jimmy Oribo won the 10,000 meters in a school-record time at the Northwest Nazarene University Track and Field Invitational on Saturday.
Marks was timed in 3 minutes and 54.49 seconds in finishing second to NNU’s Matt Stars, who was recorded in 3:53.01. Marks also has qualified for nationals in the 5,000 meters. Teammate Fernando Esparanza nearly joined Marks as a qualifier as he was timed in 3:57.58 to finish fifth in the race. His time just missed the NAIA qualifying mark by .38ths of a second, but Warrior coach Mike Collins says Esparanza should hit the qualifying time at next week’s meet.
Oribo won the 10,000 meters, bettering his school record mark with a 31:41.59 performance. He shaved nearly five seconds off his previous record time of 31:46.14. Oribo has already qualified for nationals in both the 5,000 and 10,000.
Also for the LCSC men, Jake Meyer was fourth in the javelin at 146-feet 3-inches, and was eighth in the hammer throw at 136-04. Hayden Randall was seventh in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 10:20.33, and Tommy Bollinger was 13th in the 800 in 2:02.64.
LCSC had three women runners compete in the 5,000 meters as Madison Randall was second in 19:14.11 and Samantha Minor was third in 20:14.60. LaDawn Vinson was sixth in 23:52.37.
AnnieKate Olson, a freshman, took third in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 13:56.05.
The Warriors will be back in action next Friday and Saturday in Spokane for the Duane Hartman Invitational at Spokane Falls Community College.
The national meet will be held May 26-28 in Marion, Ind.