Nine individuals hit NAIA qualifying marks and the Carroll women's 1,600-meter relay improved by six seconds in a great showing Saturday at the Snake River Open at Holt Arena in on the campus of Idaho State University.
"It was the just a lot of fun to watch," coach harry Clark said. "You can see the difference a week on the track made, and I'm excited to see what we can do in the next two weeks at Washington State and back here in Pocatello."
Chance Hyatt took fourth overall in the mile and second in the college division. His raw time of 4:19.66 will be altitude adjusted to hit the NAIA-A qualifying mark.
On the women's side, reigning NAIA national mile champion Leah Esposito ran her first mile of the season and outpaced the NCAA D-I field. She ran a 5:03.35, more than a second faster than second-place finisher Isabella Williams from Weber State.
Kara Barth and Monica White took second and third in the 400, just behind Sacramento State's Joy Weems, but both hit the NAIA A standard. Keely Ehmann took seventh overall and hit the NAIA B mark for the second time this season.
The three combined with Brianna Olson for the 1,600-meter relay team. The Saints were edged out by Sacramento State but beat three D-I teams in Southern Utah, Idaho State and Weber State.
In the 3,000, Samantha Mundel took ninth and Janie Reid 11th in the strong field but both hit the NAIA A standard.
In the field events, Terah Cundith tied for fifth in the pole vault but hit the NAIA A standard with a vault of 11-5.75.
Carroll dominated the College Division team scoring, racking up 227 points in the women's competition, well ahead of second-place University of Great Falls' 67.
The Carroll men finished with 116 points, still more than 30 points ahead of second-place UGF, which notched 85 points.
"All around, this meet was great." Clark said. "We made some big strides from where we were at two weeks ago and we have two more meets to get where we need to be. I am excited with what we are at and really excited about what we still have in front of us."
The Saints next travel to Pullman, Washington, for Washington State's Cougar Indoor. The meet is Friday and Saturday at the Washington State Indoor Practice Facility.