MARION, Ind. - Lewis-Clark State College junior Dave Marks and freshman Cody Glad both qualified for the finals of the 5,000 meters while freshman Kale Schmidt placed 11th overall in the decathlon at the NAIA Track and Field Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University on Friday.
Marks and Glad both competed in the same semifinal heat of the 5,000. Marks finished third in the heat and was timed in 15 minutes 24.25 seconds, while Glad was close behind in fifth at 15:24.56.
The 5,000-meter final, which will involve 16 runners. will be held on Saturday.
Also on Friday, Schmidt wrapped up the decathlon and managed to do well despite nursing a sore hamstring, which definitely hurt him. Schmidt entered the second day in sixth place and still managed to finish every event despite not being at 100 percent.
Schmidt was eighth in the javelin at 49.73 meters, ninth in the 1,500 run in 5:02.76, and 12th in both the pole vault (3.65m) and dsicuss (31.08m). He managed to run the 110 hurdles in 17.7.
Overall, Schmidt finished with 6,112 points. Eastern Oregon's Robbie Hayne won the event with 7,596 points.
Also on Friday, three LCSC male and one female track athletes were honored as 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Receiving honors for LCSC were Marks, a junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., Justin Keller, a junior from Lapwai, and Jake Meyer, a junior from Grangeville. Senior Kelsey Klettke from Vancouver, Wash., also was honored for the Warriors.