LA GRANDE, Ore. – Christian Bothwell tied the LC State record in the heptathlon and improved his score on the national level at the EOU NAIA Last Chance Invite on Saturday. The meet marked the end of the regular season for indoor track and field.
Bothwell finished second overall in the heptathlon with a total of 4,660 points to tie the LC State record. With the conversion on EOU’s shorter track, the total in the NAIA rankings is adjusted to 4,697 to put Bothwell at 15th. The top 16 advance to nationals, so if he remains in the top 16 after all meets this weekend report, he will join the group in South Dakota.
The senior hit a personal-best mark in the pole vault with a height of 4.35m, fourth-best all-time at LC State. He finished second in the 1,000m (3:02.70). Justin Krabbenhoft finished third in the four-man field with 4,535 points, and Caleb Moore was fourth with a personal-best 4,506 points.
Jedidiah Barnaby broke his own school record in the 60m dash. He ran a time of 6.97 in the prelims before bettering his time to 6.95 to finish second in the final.
Conner May PRed in the 600m with a time of 1:24.30. He won the event with Carter Gordon in fifth (1:27.74). Kobe Wessels was fifth in the mile (4:31.60) and Cooper Carlson placed seventh (4:41.94). In the 3,000m, Brycen Kempton placed 11th (9:07.00) and Brycen Brown was 12th (9:12.06).
In throwing events, Jon Wattles and Jack Hardee both set personal-best marks in the shot put. Sam Weller led the group in sixth (13.08m), Wattles was eighth (12.44m) and Hardee was 11th (11.35m). Jaycob Atencio was the top Warrior in the weight throw with a mark of 13.52m to take ninth. Hardee was 11th (12.46m), Wattles placed 13th (12.38m) and Tanner Beltz-Childs finished 14th (10.87m).
Nik Bertling finished second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.55m.
The Warrior women saw action solely in field events on Saturday, with both Sydnie Zywina and Cynthia Smith winning their events. Smith finished at the top of the leaderboard in the pole vault with a height of 3.35m, while Zwyina leapt a distance of 11.37m in the triple jump.
Cassidy Henderson finished 10th in the shot put (9.10m) and 12th in the weight throw (11.40m) to wrap up her indoor season.
The 2023 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships will take place March 2-4 in Brookings, S.D.
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