EDITOR’S NOTE: CARROLL COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION PRESS RELEASE
HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College track and field host the Trudnowski Open Friday at Vigilante field in Helena.
The Saints enter the weekend with seven individuals and the women’s 4×400-meter relay team already qualified for the NAIA Championship, but with two weeks of good practice under its belt, the team hopes to build on that number.
“We are excited to have finally had nice weather and to get some outdoor practice time,” head coach Harry Clark said. “There is only so much you can do inside, but these last two weeks have been excellent. Everyone is excited to compete at home and the weather forecast is perfect for the meet so we have high expectations for this weekend.”
For the second straight weekend, Carroll will participate in multi-events. Last week Nolan Hofstee and Bethany Lacock hit the NAIA standard, but Clark would like to improve that number this weekend.
“When you look at the NAIA, there are a few teams that always have three or four athletes in the multi-event field at nationals, we have the potential to be one of those teams,” Clark said. “It is time to put up the numbers that we know we can do and hopefully put a show on for our home crowd.”
The Saints are also hoping that the number of relay teams that have qualified will grow. The men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relay teams have all been close to the mark, as have the men’s 4×400-meter relay team, but running for the first time are both 4×800-meter relay teams.
“We have put together strong relay teams across the board and all of them have potential to compete in Gulf Shores,” Clark said. “Our women’s 4×400 team set the tone and it would be great to see the rest of the teams follow their lead.”
The meet is set to begin with field events at 12:30 p.m. and the track events beginning at 1 p.m. The meet will be a rolling schedule with each event beginning after the conclusion of the previous event. Senior day activities will take place just before the final event, the 4×400-meter relay.