BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s indoor track and field team added five more qualifiers to their growing list heading to the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field meet, bringing the total to nine individuals and two relay teams. Olivet defended their title, capturing the title of the second annual NAIA/NCAA DIII Challenge held in the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center on Jan. 24-25, posting a team score of 153.5 in the eight team field.
The Tigers set the tone early Friday night, capturing the 4x800m relay in 9:37.40, an automatic qualifying time for the NAIA National meet. The team was comprised of senior Christy Trank (Winnebago, Ill.), junior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshmen Angelica Lafemia and Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.).
Sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) stamped her ticket to Nationals for the second time; capturing fifth in the shot put with a 13.3m throw to qualify “A” standard. She also took second in the weight throw, throwing 17.01, an event that she had already qualified in.
Junior Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Kylie Bradley (Portland, Tenn.) both qualified “B” standard in the long jump, finishing 2-3. Casey edged Bradley out, jumping 5.41m to Bradley’s 5.39m.
On the track side, junior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) captured first in the 400m, posting a time of 59.40 seconds to qualify “B” standard. Freshman Laura D’Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) was right behind in second place at 59.64, also qualifying.
Freshman Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) easily captured the 3K, finishing at 10:29.05, seven minutes ahead of the rest of the 30 person field. The 4x400m relay team of junior Alexandra Ortiz (Ottawa, Ill.), D’Angelo, sophomore Taneka Lawson (Toledo, Ohio) and senior Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa) captured first, crossing the finish line in 4:01.88. Both Ray and the 4x400m relay teams posted “A ”qualifying times, but had both already qualified.
Olivet will return to action on Friday, Jan. 31 with a split squad heading to the Indiana Relays hosted by Indianan University. The majority of the Tigers will compete in the ONU Quad in their own Perry Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 beginning at 11:00 a.m.