LCSC basketball player qualifies for nationals in hurdles
SPOKANE – Lewis-Clark State College freshman Kale Schmidt qualified for the NAIA national meet and set a school record in the 400 meter hurdles at the Sam Adams Track and Field Classic hosted by Whitworth University on Saturday afternoon.
“It was nice to see him accomplish this,” said LCSC head track and field coach Mike Collins. “Kale also plays for the Warrior basketball team and we know part of the reason that he chose LCSC was because coach (Brandon) Rinta was willing to let him compete in track in the spring and we are thankful that they have given him that opportunity.”
Schmidt, who is from Stanwood, Wash., and is a guard on the basketball team, had a time of 54.35 in the hurdles. He claimed first overall, and was more than two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
With over 15 Warriors competing at the event, Schmidt’s accomplishment was just one of many highlights for the Lewis-Clark State College track and field program on the day.
In the women’s 400 hurdles, Bethany Stuffle set a new school mark with a time of 1:11.02.
John Murray set two school records, one with a score of 142-01 in the discus and the other with a score of 159-08 in the hammer throw.
In running events, LCSC’s highlights included Kelsey Klettke’s fourth-place finish and time of 4:57.04 in the 1,500; Dave Marks’ second-place finish and time of 15:20.02 in the 5,000; and Francis Rojas’ seventh-place showing and time of 19:43.07 in the 5,000.
Other highlights included Brittney Rogers and Paisley Marks claiming third and fourth, respectively, in the javelin. Rogers reached a distance of 113-04, and Marks reached 106-04.