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NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Preview

GULF SHORES, Ala. – LC State Track and Field is sending a record number of student-athletes to the nationals meet this week. A total of 23 Warriors will compete for national titles and All-American honors at the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 25-27. 

THE MEN:

The Warrior men will send 11 representatives to Alabama, led by indoor 800m National Champion Clayton VanDyke. The senior will look to take the indoor title as the No. 2 seed (1:49.43). Cole Olsen will become the first, and possibly only, Warrior to compete at 14 national events. Due to the extra year granted by Covid, the standout will have competed at every national event offered during his five years at LC State. Olsen will run in the 10,000m as the 11th-seed (30:30.23). Connor Turpin is the top seed in the half marathon after running a qualifying time of 1:10:11.00. The Warriors have never had a runner from the men’s side win a title in the event. Christian Bothwell is ranked No. 11 in the decathlon after earning all-conference honors with 6,199 points at the conference meet, and Nikolous Bertling enters the pole vault as the No. 12 seed (4.80m). The men’s 4x800m is seeded 24th with a qualifying time of 7:46.52, Chase Barrow enters the 10,000m ranked No. 28 (31:29.50) and Ike Hopper is the 29th-seeded runner in the 400m hurdles (54.34). 

THE WOMEN:

12 different Warrior women will be in action in Gulf Shores in a number of events. Jennah Carpenter is the highest-seed from the women’s side with a No. 4 ranking in the high jump (1.70m). The women’s 4x800m relay team enters the meet seeded seventh with a qualifying time of 9:16.69. The 4x400m relay team is also ranked in the top-15, seeded 12th (3:53.57). LC’s women’s 4x100m is the No. 29 seed with a qualifying time of 47.87. Cynthia Smith is seeded eighth in the pole vault after finishing second at the CCC Championships (3.65m), and Madigan Kelly ranks ninth in the 100m hurdles (14.12). Ashley Britt is a No. 10 seed in the 400m hurdles (1:02.36), and Anika Grogan is ranked No. 12 in the 400m (56.35). Kea Stieglitz is also a 12-seed, entering the javelin throw with a mark of 41.39m, Geraldin Correa is 12th in the 800m (2:14.00), and Sara Hathaway is seeded No. 23 in the 400m hurdles (1:03.92).