SPOKANE FALLS, Wash. – Lewis-Clark State College sophomore Pauric McLaughlin won the 800 meters and qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championship at the WAR VI track and field meet at Spokane Falls Community College on Saturday.
McLaughlin becomes the eighth Warrior to qualify to nationals this year. The total is an all-time high for the program.
The product of Letterkenny, Ireland, ran the 800 in a school-record time of 1:52.02—the fourth fastest time in the nation this year. Watch the race here.
In other events, LCSC’s Sophie Bush also turned in a strong performance as she competed in her first steeplechase and battled windy conditions to win her heat (eighth overall) with a time of 12:37.74. Sam Atkin took second in the 1,500 (4:01.84) and ninth in the 800 (1:55.88). And Hayden Randall was second in the men’s steeplechase with a mark of 9:52.19.
The meet once again proved to be very competitive as a number of NCAA Division I schools were in attendance including Gonzaga, the University of Idaho, the University of Montana, and Washington State.
In throwing events, John Murray took third in the hammer with a toss of 54.21 meters, Josh Carpenter was sixth in the discus and nearly qualified for nationals with a distance of 45.52, and Kaytlyn Coleman had a throw of 12.91 to take fifth in the shot put.
Up next on LCSC’s slate is the Cougar Invitational in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday.