SEATTLE – A 1,000-meter race is a hard thing to find. The race, a staple of the NAIA indoor competition, isn't run at the NCAA level. So that is why Leah Esposito and Macala Fifield, accompanied by Carroll head cross-country coach David Morris, made their way to Seattle for the University of Washington Open.
The trip was worth it for the duo.
Esposito ran the second-fastest 1,000-meter run in the NAIA to date, and Macala Fifield put up the fourth-fastest time in the last competitions for Carroll Track and Field of the 2017 indoor regular season.
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Esposito, the 2015 NAIA 1,000-meter National Champion, took sixth in a field that included several professional runners. Her time of 2:54.16 trails only Point Park's Anna Shields for the top spot in the NAIA.
Fifield took eighth with a time of 2:59.70, both times meet the NAIA-A qualification standard.
The Saints close out the regular-season with 23 individual qualifications and a pair of relay teams. The Saints are now off until NAIA Nationals in Jackson, Tennessee, on March 2-4.