Carroll College’s Beaugh Meyer improved his mark in the shot put, hitting the NAIA A Standard, and the Saints had a few near-qualifiers at the Argos Open.
The junior thrower and standout football player had hit the NAIA B Standard last week at the Montana Open, throwing a mark of 50’2”. On Saturday, Meyer heaved it 52’8”.
“It was good to see his smile,” Saints coach Harry Clark said. “He’s been frustrated all year.”
The Saints used the meet to push for some extra qualifiers as the nationals draw near.
Carroll’s other big mark came from Mika Robinson, who improved her lifetime personal record in the pole vault to 12’1.5”. Robinson had previously qualified for nationals, but her new mark ties her as the 10th best in the nation.
Clark said the other positives from the meet were Keaton Brady, who won the pole vault with a height of 15-1. Clark said the senior narrowly missed 16-feet and was encouraged by what he saw.
Rhiannon Sturgess, who was coming off an injury, also encouraged Clark. The sophomore shaved off nearly four seconds of her 400-meter hurdles time, dropping from 1:09.12 last week at the Montana Open to 1:05.62 on Saturday in Great Falls. Each second she drops brings her closer to the NAIA B Standard of 1:04.70.
On the men’s side, Daniel Pendergast also dropped a few seconds off his 400-meter hurdles time, running a 54.70 on Saturday. He barely missed the NAIA B Standard of 54.65.
Both athletes have one more meet to hit the standards next weekend back in Great Falls.
The women scored 107 points on Saturday, ahead of Great Falls (32) and Rocky Mountain (7).
Great Falls came away with the top score on the men’s side with 54 points, followed by Carroll’s 46, Rocky Mountain’s 13 and MSU-Billings’ 6.
The Saints will once again be at less than full strength next weekend in Great Falls as they look to push a few more national qualifiers across the line.
The national meet is on May 25 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.