BROOKINGS, S.D. – Carter Gordon put on a show in the 600m with a second-place finish in the prelims to go with a school record. Geraldin Correa earned her spot in the 800m final, and Christian Bothwell etched his place in LC State history with his finish in the heptathlon. Four Warriors will compete in event finals on Saturday.
In all, nine different Warriors competed in various events.
“Pretty good second day,” Head Coach Mike Collins said. “We are disappointed that some of our kids did not make it to the finals, but it is also a learning experience that will make them better for outdoors and their next national championship. London (Kirk) said that he had never competed at a level like this and he would only get better and I hope that mentality rolls through with all of them.”
Gordon and Correa will race for All-American status on Saturday, both looking for their first individual honors.
“Great races by both with Carter, winning his heat with great strategy, and Miss G (Correa) getting through by forcing the race to go fast,” Collins said. “Both have great opportunities to score well tomorrow and we are excited to see them run. Also looking forward to Jennah and Syd jumping. Great stuff ahead.”
Gordon punched his ticket to the final with an impressive performance in the 600m. The sophomore broke Clayton VanDyke’s program record in the event and finished second in the prelims with a time of 1:19.26. Gordon was in the middle of the lead group of the race until surging to the front of the pack in the final stretch to win his section.
Correa earned her spot in the 800m final with a career-best time of 2:13.72. She was third in her heat and fifth overall in the semifinal. She was in the lead group throughout the race and bested her previous best time by more than three seconds.
Bothwell wrapped up his first national appearance with a school record in the heptathlon. The senior finished 13th overall with 4,689 points. Bothwell finished fourth in the pole vault, his strongest event, with a mark of 4.25m. He set personal-bests in the 1,000m (2:50.15) and the 60m hurdles (9.04) to finish sixth and 15th in the events, respectively.
Madigan Kelly finished 12th in the field of 45 60m hurdle runners with a time of 8.70. Teammate Sara Hathaway was 37th (9.20). Freshman Emily Collins finished 18th in the 400m with a time of 58.82. Anika Grogan was 22nd in the 200m (25.37).
Deary native London Kirk placed 12th overall in the 26-person field of the 400m with a time of 48.40. He went on to take 32nd in the 200m (22.06). Brycen Brown placed 21st in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:51.66.
Four Warriors will compete for All-American honors on Saturday, starting with Orofino’s Sydnie Zywina in the triple jump starting at 8 a.m. Jennah Carpenter will take on the high jump starting at 11:30 a.m.
Gordon and Correa both advanced through Friday’s prelims and will race in the finals of their events. Gordon will run the 600m at 11:35 a.m. and Correa will race the 800m at 12:10 p.m.
All times above are Pacific.
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