DICKINSON, N.D. – Eight Blue Hawk indoor track and field team members are set to compete in the NAIA National Championships. Kadara Marshall, Paitton Herbst, Lisa Townsend, Jayce Wilson, Bailey Smith, Cleet Wrzesinski, Ty Stanton, and Rodney Henry will all be representing at the competition.
The competitions will span over March 1-3 in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Kadara Marshall of Hilo, Hawaii is competing in her first National Championship for the Blue Hawks. Marshall will be jumping in the triple jump. The junior is competing in her first track & field events since her high school career ended. Marshall's heat will begin March 3 at 9:00 AM MST.
The women's 4x800 relay team of Paitton Herbst, Lisa Townsend, Jayce Wilson, and Bailey Smith will also be competing in the National Championships. The team qualified with a time of 9:37.43. That mark also broke a school record, previously set in 2007. All four members of the team have had experience at the Nationals level. Most recently Townsend, Wilson, and Smith competed for the Blue Hawks at the NAIA Cross Country Nationals in the fall. Their first race will be March 1 at 2:30 PM MST in the semifinals.
Cleet Wrzesinski will be competing in the heptathlon for the Blue Hawks. The freshman from Baker, Mont. will be making his first appearance at the National Championship level. Wrzesinski qualified by way of winning the NSAA heptathlon event. Wrzesinski will be the first Blue Hawk on the track, March 1 at 11:30 PM MST.
Ty Stanton will be competing in the triple jump. Stanton, a sophomore from Jordan, Mont., is making his third appearance at the NAIA National Championships. Stanton competed in the indoor and outdoor championships in 2017. Stanton will begin competing March 3 at 12:30 PM MST.
Rodney Henry rounds out the Blue Hawks' National roster. The junior from Jamaica will be running the 600-meter. Henry was a member of the 2017 cross country team which also reached Nationals. He will be competing March 3 at 12:35 PM MST.