GRESHAM, Ore. – Led by junior Karissa Carlson (Pateros, Wash./Pateros HS) improving her NAIA Provisional qualifying time by over a second in the 800m run, the Evergreen Geoducks wrapped up a record breaking championships on Saturday at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Track and Field Championships at Mt. Hood CC in Gresham, Ore.
Carlson, who entered the championship with a seed time of 2:15.83, ended up taking fifth in a quick race, posting a school record time of 2:14.61 to miss the automatic qualifying mark by just 11 one-hundredths of a second.
Another record fell in the women’s high jump as freshman Kailene Rollins (Elma, Wash./Elma HS) cleared 4-11 to reset her own school record and take fifth overall. Sophomore Meaghan Tomasiewicz was also in the scoring, taking eighth after clearing 4-7 on her first attempt.
On the men’s side, junior Connor Abdelnoor (Singapore/Singapore American School) took fourth in the 400m hurdles with a new school record time of 56.52 to give the Geoduck men their only points of the championship.
Concordia took both the men’s and women’s titles, though only the women’s came easily as the Cavs outscored their nearest competitor by over 100 points with a final total of 254.5. The men’s title was decided by less than a point as Concordia held off Southern Oregon, 192.5-192.
The Geoducks, who took 10th in both the men’s and women’s standings, will turn their attention towards Carlson and her anticipated trip to the 2011 NAIA National Championships on May 26-28 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.