SPOKANE – The Lewis-Clark State College track and field squad competed in several events at the Duane Hartman Invite on Saturday. Fernando Esparanza was one of the biggest stories as he claimed second in the 1,500 meter run and nearly qualified for nationals.
Esparanza, competing against multiple NCAA Division I programs including the University of Idaho and Seattle University, finished the course in 3:58.88. The senior from Huesca, Spain, fell just short of the NAIA national qualifying mark of 3:57.00.
In other running events, Mickael Testa finished second in his section of the 800 with a time of 2:01.01, while Hayden Randall earned third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:12.37.
In throwing events, Kayla Stewart, who already qualified in the javelin earlier this season, surpassed the NAIA’s qualifying standard again with a toss of 132-04. Her score was good enough for fourth in the event’s second tier.
In the men’s javelin, Jake Meyer claimed fifth in the first tier with a throw of 160-09.
The Warriors will next compete at the Montana State Invite in Bozeman on Friday. This is LC’s final scheduled meet before the NAIA Outdoor Nationals on May 26-28.