MARION, Ind. — After one day of competition of the NAIA national track and field meet, the Hastings College men's and women's track and field teams had two athletes medal in Abby Griffith and Chance Armstead.
Griffith finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 170 feet, 10 inches. Teammate McKayla Gowen finished in ninth with a 169-8. Courtney Mills was 14th in the long jump (17-11 3/4), while Michelle Leichleiter did not record a height in the pole vault.
The women's 400 relay — consisting of Abby Jackson, Leichleiter, Abby Niederklein and Porche Parnell — missed out of qualifying for the finals by 0.1 seconds. The team finished the race in 48.12 seconds.
Armstead was sixth in the hammer throw (182-9), while Tyler Rathke (177-2) and Justin Roberts (175-3) finished 10th and 11th respectively.
After day one, the women's team had two points and sit at 22nd place after five events were scored. There were three events scored on the men's side, and Hastings College finished the first day with three points for 13th place. William Woods leads the men's competition with 15 points, while Eastern Oregon tops the women's side with 16 points. The meet continues today and Saturday.