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Columbia runner qualifies for nationals

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 11:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia College sophomore Lindsey Martin qualified for NAIA nationals in the 5,000 meters Thursday. She ran 17 minutes, 36 seconds to surpass the qualifying time. She finished seventh Thursday at the two-day Keeler Track and Field Meet in Naperville, Ill. 

Martin will run at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships that take place May 22 to 24 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The winning time in the women's 5,000 came from Alyssa Poremba of Elmhurst in 17:14.47. Other Columbia runners in the women's 5,000 were Emily Shultz (20th place, 18:37.13), Julia Montgomery (34th, 19:20.18), Riley Fader (36th, 19:37.09), and Maggie Noble (37th, 19:39.13).

Columbia runners in the men's 5,000 were Tommy Skosky (18th place, 15:27.38), Michael McCulloch (38th, 15:56.93) and Jordan Andrews (87th, 17:16.80). The men's winning time was 14:16.46 by John Crain of North Central.

The men's and women's 1,500 meters took place Friday. Devin Sander represented the Cougar men with a time of 4:02.26 for 34th place. Fader and Julia Collins ran in the women's 1,500 with Fader finishing (33rd, 4:54.65) ahead of Collins (45th, 5:06.12).


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