MARION, Ind. -- The Lewis-Clark State College track and field teams added their 35th and 36th All-Americans on Thursday at the first day of the NAIA Outdoor Championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan.
Freshman Kaytlyn Coleman placed third in the women’s hammer throw with a heave of 56.41 meters (185 feet, 1 inch) to get the Warriors off to a big start at the meet.
Coleman had the top throw in her flight, and qualified for the final out of the opening round. Her throw of 56.41 in the final was her best of the competition.
“An hour after the competition her hands were still shaking, so I know she was pretty excited,” Lewis-Clark State coach Mike Collins said.
Coleman will also compete in the shot put and discus over the weekend.
Sophomore John Murray also cemented his status as an All-American with a fifth-place finish in the men’s hammer throw, uncorking a heave of 55.7 meters (182 feet, 9 inches).
The Coeur d’Alene native was second in his flight in the preliminaries.
“It was an outstanding field for him to have performed this well in,” Collins said. “He’s got a nice future.”
Elsewhere at the meet for the Warriors, senior Kelsey Klettke qualified for the final in the women’s 1,500 meters with an eighth-place finish, recording a time of 4 minutes, 46.30 seconds. The top 12 runners in the field qualified for the final. Klettke will need to finish in the top eight in the final to cap her LCSC career as an All-American.
“She did exactly what she needed to today,” Collins said. “She’s been nursing a pretty acute injury in her hip that just doesn’t want to get better.”
Junior Hayden Randall turned in a scorching time of 9:16.22 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to record the top qualifying time on Thursday.
“It was an outstanding performance,” Collins said. “After a mile, he took off and kind of just left everybody. He looked really good on a windy and cold evening.”
Senior Dave Marks was forced to pull out of the men’s 1,500-meter preliminary race with 500 meters to go with an injury that he’s been battling for some time. Though it was an unfortunate end to a tremendous career, Collins said it did nothing to tarnish Marks’ legacy at LCSC.
“I think our program, both cross country and track, would not be where it is today without Dave,” Collins said. “I think he has the ability to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the 5K. Hopefully he’ll decide to continue running.”
The Warriors will continue competition at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships on Friday and Saturday, looking to build on a sensational first day.
“It’d be hard for me to say that we’ve ever had this good of a day at nationals,” Collins said. “It was an extremely good start to our championships.”
Day 1 Results