Carroll College's Layne Ryerson won the overall race and the men's division, while Janie Reid won the women's division and both hit the NAIA-A standard at the Buttercup Run Half Marathon in Arlee on Saturday. The marks qualified the pair to run the marathon at the NAIA Championship next month in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Ryerson took first place with a time of 1:11:28.23, more than three and a half minutes ahead of the second-place runner. His time ranks him 13th in the NAIA to date. He ran an average pace of 5:27 per mile to earn the win.
Reid led wire-to-wire and topped the women's division by an incredible 17 minutes with a time of 1:27:01.04. She was fifth overall among men and women. She ran a pace of 6:39 per mile for the dominant win. Reid's time currently ranks 10th in the NAIA.
The two are the first Carroll marathon qualifiers in four years, and Reid is the first female marathon qualifier in school history.
"It was a tough course, but they both ran well and showed that we could do well over a longer distance," distance coach David Morris said. "I am pretty happy; I knew that Janie wouldn't have a problem winning the race, but Layne went out and won it, too, and pretty handily. It was fun to watch."
The Saints next host the Trudnowski Open on Friday at Vigilante Stadium in Helena.