EUGENE, Ore. – As the regular season winds down and the national championships loom, Lewis-Clark State College athletes competed against some of the best competition in the region at the prestigious Oregon Twilight track and field meet at Hayward Field on Friday.
Kelsey Klettke (pictured left in red/white top), who is one of nine Warriors to have already qualified for nationals, had a strong second-place showing in the 1,500 meters, finishing in a time of 4:38.78.
LCSC’s Sam Atkin had both the pleasure and challenge of running against Galen Rupp (silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics) and two other Olympians and US national champions in the 3,000. Atkin took sixth overall with a time of 8:09.08. Rupp won the race in 7:46.34, edging out fellow Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein’s mark of 7:47.65
In other running events, Pauric McLaughin was sixth in the 800 (1:53.43) and Hayden Randall took sixth in the steeplechase (9:34.52). The race was extra special for Randall due to the fact that his father, Cory, ran the steeple for the University of Oregon years ago.
In throws, Kaytlyn Coleman was third in the shot put (45-09) and sixth in the hammer (164-04).
A group of Warrior athletes also competed at the Pacific Twilight at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove, Ore., on Friday. This meet will continue on Saturday as well with live results available at: http://live.goboxers.com/tf/
Sophie Bush headlined the Warrior showing with a third-place effort in the steeplechase. Attempting to become LCSC’s 10th national qualifier, Bush finished the course in 11:41.51, but fell just shy of the NAIA qualifying mark of 11:35.20.