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Carroll College track and field athletes secure all-American status

Posted: 10:29 PM, Mar 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-08 00:29:26-05
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(Editor's note: Carroll College athletics release)

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The Carroll College Fighting Saints track and field finished the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships with seven all-American awards.

The Saints earned six of those on the final day.

Sam Mundel got it started on Saturday in the mile, running a time of 5 minutes, 0.52 seconds to place seventh overall.

Nikki Krueger added to the Saints' collection of All-Americans when she placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 45-00.25.

The women's distance medley rounded out the stellar day by the Saints with a six-place finish. The squad made up of Natalie Yocum, Brooke Endy, Elly Machado and Sam Mundel ran a 12:13.57.

Kelsey Bassett earned all-American status on Friday in the pole vault.

"Half the kids we took are all-Americans," Saints coach Harry Clark said. "That's big. Lee Walburn getting 10th in just his second-ever heptathlon was impressive. They all competed very well. It was definitely a business trip. It's their spring break business trip. It was an awesome weekend. I'm so proud of our kids."

Bassett vaulted 3.77 meters to place fifth overall in the NAIA. It's the second time the sophomore from Granite Falls, Washington, has earned all-American status.

Sam Mundel punched her ticket to the finals in the one mile, winning her heat in a time of 4:59.58.

Lee Walburn finished 10th in the men's heptathlon. He posted 4,638 points, rounding out his performance with a 8.83 second 60-meter hurdles race, a height of 3.60 meters in the pole vault and a 2:47.11 1000 time.

Reghan Worley recorded a time of 10:44.86 in the 3000 prelims in her first ever national tournament. The mark put her at 23rd.

CARROLL COLLEGE 2020 INDOOR TRACK ALL-AMERICANS
Kesley Bassett: pole vault
Sam Mundel (2x): mile, distance medley relay
Nikki Krueger: shot put
Natalie Yocum: distance medley relay
Brooke Endy: distance medley relay
Elly Machado: distance medley relay