SALEM, Ore.- Joseph Vanden Bos and Ruth Chepsat both qualified for nationals Saturday as Rocky’s track and field teams wrapped up the 2019 regular season at the West Coast Invite.
Running a time of 4:38.77, Chepsat hit the NAIA’s “B” standard in the 1500m. She finished in seventh. The time breaks Rocky’s previous school record of 4:39.77 which was set by current Rocky assistant coach Mackenzie O’Dore in 2016.
In the men’s 800m, Vanden Bos also earned an NAIA “B” standard qualifying mark after running a personal best time of 1:53.68. The freshman finished second while teammate George Beddow took fifth on a time of 2:00.26.
In the women’s 800m, Corinne Hamilton finished in seventh on a time of 2:23.93.
On the men’s side, Elijah Boyd ran a time of 4:02.26 in the 1500m to finish in 11th. Jackson Duffey placed in 13th in the 5000m with a time of 15:15.66.
Elijah Barkell picked up a personal best distance of 40.69m/133’6″ in the hammer throw.
Vanden Bos and Chepsat will next compete in the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., during May 23-25. They will join Beddow, Mei-Li Stevens, and Carina Bracy who qualified for the full marathon at nationals in April.