(Editor’s note: University of Providence media releases)
GREAT FALLS – Kalispell Glacier High School distance runner Nash Grafe signed with the University of Providence cross country and track and field programs, announced head coach Bill Brist.
“We are very excited that Nash has decided to join our team in the fall of 2019,” said Brist. “He is a young man with a lot of passion for both his academics and his running.”
Grafe, a native of Kalispell, was a four-time letter-winner in cross country and three-time letter-winner in track and field at Glacier High School. In cross country, Grafe helped lead the Glacier Wolfpack to a runner-up finish at the state cross country championship meet as a junior before leading the team to a fourth-place finish during his senior season. On the track, Grafe holds a personal best time of 9 minutes, 57.25 seconds in the 3,200-meter for Glacier during the 2018-19 track season. He plans to major in mathematics as a student-athlete at the University of Providence.
“He has shown a lot of improvement over the last couple of years and looks to have the talent to make an immediate impact in our distance events this next season,” Brist said. “He has had a lot of success with his academics throughout his high school career, and that was one of many things that attracted us to Nash when we were recruiting. I’m very excited to be able to work with him in the future.”
The Argos added more throwing talent with Odin Jordan, announced Brist.
“Odin Jordan is a talented thrower in the shot put and discus, with experience throwing at the Nevada Class 4A High School regional and state championship levels,” said assistant coach Alan Cress.
Jordan, a native of Henderson, Nevada, was a four-year letter-winner in track and field at Basic High School and also served as a two-year throws team captain for the Wolves. He was a state qualifier in the discus and a two-time regional championships qualifier in both the shot put and the discus. Outside of his high school competition, Jordan competed for two years with the Throwers Respect Field and Track Club competing in shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin. Jordan was also named to the honor roll during both semesters of his senior year.
“We are extremely excited about his experience in the hammer and javelin throws with the Throwers Respect Club out of north Las Vegas,” said Cress. “It isn’t often that I come across a high school thrower with hammer experience.”
Jordan will pursue a degree in exercise science at the University of Providence.