Columbia College sophomore Lindsey Martin took third in her preliminary heat of the 5,000 meters Thursday at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. She ran a time of 17 minutes, 34.66 seconds in Geneva, Ohio, to advance to Saturday's final in the event.
Twelve runners advanced, and Martin had the eighth best time. The top time belongs to College of Idaho senior Sora Klopfenstein in 17:27.5.
The 5,000-meter final is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
Columbia College sophomore Emily Schultz also ran the 5,000 meters. Her time of 18:19.34 was 12th in her heat. She did not advance.
The Cougars were also represented in the meet's opening heat of the opening race, the 4x800-meter relay. Columbia's team of sophomore Julia Montgomery, freshman Riley Fader, sophomore Julia Collins and Schultz ran a time of 9:45.39. The relay finished eighth in its heat and 24th overall.
The three-day meet concludes Saturday.