MARION, Ind. – Sam Atkin, Pauric McLaughlin, and Hayden Randall joined Lewis-Clark State College’s impressive list of track and field All-Americans on the final day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. The Warriors end the outdoor season with a program high six All-American finishes.
Atkin, a freshman from Lincolnshire, England, earned All-American honors with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meter run. He ran the course in 14:10.94, just two seconds behind the winner.
McLaughlin, a product of Letterkenny, Ireland, earned his spot on the podium by taking eighth in the 800. The sophomore fought through lots of contact on the final curve to come in at a time of 1:53.24.
Junior Hayden Randall placed fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase. After turning in the best time amongst qualifiers on Thursday, Randall, who is from Eugene, Ore., posted a time of 9:12.67 in the final.
The three join Kaytlyn Coleman (shot put and hammer) and John Murray (hammer) as the program’s All-Americans.
Coleman also competed in a third event on Saturday and finished 20th in the women’s discus with a throw of 38.76 meters (127 feet, two inches) wrapping up a fantastic freshman season.
Chelsey Leighton, who is a junior eligibility-wise in track, finished one spot out of All-America status in the marathon on Saturday, running a time of 3:01:54.90. She missed the mark by 12.5 seconds and was ninth.
Kelsey Klettke wrapped up her illustrious Warrior running career with a 12th-place finish in the women’s 1,500 meters, recording a time of 4:43.84.