SALEM, Ore. – Lewis-Clark State College’s Kelsey Klettke and Hayden Randall hit national qualifying times in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meter steeplechase, respectively, at the Willamette Invitational on Saturday.
The addition of Klettke and Randall pushes the Warriors to a program record seven qualifiers this year for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, which will be held on May 23-25 in Marion, Ind.
Klettke, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., ran the 1,500 in a time of 4:40.21, which was good enough for third place overall against 24 other runners. Klettke is a regular on the national scene as she has earned NAIA All-American honors twice in cross country.
Randall (pictured above), a junior from Eugene, Ore., qualified in the steeple with a second-place time of 9:26.06, a school record. This will be his first appearance in the event at nationals.
Also on Saturday, sophomore Sam Atkin won the 5,000 with a program-record time of 14:24.29. The product of Lincolnshire, England, qualified for nationals last month.
Other Warriors with high finishes included Kaytlyn Coleman who took third in the shot put (44-07), Pauric McLaughlin who was second overall in the 800 (1:54.91), and John Murray who claimed second in the hammer (178-04.5).
Lewis-Clark State will compete at the WAR meet in Spokane next Saturday.