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2013-02-09 Tigers excel at Big Meet
2013-02-09 Tigers excel at Big Meet

4x400m relay team after capturing 5th place, setting a new school record and qualifying for nationals.

Tigers excel at Big Meet

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM
ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s indoor track and field team had two more individuals and two more relay teams qualify for the NAIA National Championships as they competed in one of the largest indoor events in the country hosted by Grand Valley State University (Mich.) on Feb. 8-9. The Tigers were one of 85 teams comprised of NAIA and NCAA Div. I, II and III schools in the meet appropriately named the GVSU Big Meet. There were a total of 1,743 athletes with 2,307 entries and 109 relays. Besides the new qualifiers, Olivet also set two new school records.

Senior Kortney Ellingboe (Hamilton, Ill.) set the second fastest time in the NAIA this year when she crossed the finish line in the 5000m run in 17:35.88. Sophomore Alexis Davis (Trotwood, Ohio) set a new school record in the 200m dash, crossing in 26.13, while Alex Ortiz (Ottawa, Ill.) earned her trip to nationals in the 400m dash finishing in 59.38.

The 4x400m relay team of sophomore Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.), Ortiz, freshman Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.) and anchored by junior Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa) set a new school record and qualified for nationals placing fifth overall with a time of 3:56.62. The distance medley team comprised of senior Hannah Endrizzi (Normal, Ill.), sophomores Natalie Puent (Eureka, Ill.) and Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and anchored by junior Christy Trank (Winnebago, Ill.) earned their right to nationals finishing in 12:28.48.

The Tigers will travel to Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Indoor National Championships on Saturday, Feb. 16. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. (EST).