Day 1 of the NAIA indoor track championships wrapped up Thursday evening as the Saints garnered an All-American in the pentathlon.
On the first day of nationals in Johnson City, Tennessee, Crystal Schmidt finished in third place with a score of 3,413, besting her mark entering nationals. Schmidt recorded a 9.45 60-meter hurdles, 5-4.50 high jump, 32-2 shot put, 17-7.50 long jump and wrapped the competition up with a 2.26.57 time in the 800 meters.
Schmidt finished behind Chelesa Baker of Friends University, who won the event with 3,698, and Besky Collier of Westmont, who took second with 3,516 points. Schmidt’s third-place finish also means she becomes an All-American. She is the program's first All-American in a multi-event.
"It is hard to be disappointed when she ended her indoor career with a PR and a third-place finish," coach Harry Clark said. "Her high jump was great; she looked like she was going to clear 5-8 and just missed. I thought that she had a great chance to win it after that, but the first and second-place finishers outperformed their season bests by a large margin to hold her off."
Bethany Lacock finished in a tie for 11th, scoring 3,131 points, her personal best in the event.
The pentathlon was the only event to conclude on Thursday.
Janie Reid finished in 10th during the 5,000-meter preliminaries, running a time of 17.51.54. Reid ran in the second heat, finishing fourth in her group. The 5,000 final is on Saturday.
"Janie knew that she was going to finish in the top four with about 1,000-meters to run, so she shut it down and cruised to the finish," Clark said. "She ran a smart race and put herself in a great position for Saturday. That was exciting to see."
Carroll’s 1,600-meter relay team -- consisting of Keely Ehmann, Brianna Olson, Monica White and Kara Barth -- placed second in prelims, finishing in a time of 3:51.88. The relay final is on Saturday.
"They ran fast and relaxed tonight, and did what they needed to do to advance to the finals," Clark said. "They got off a little too quick, but they will get the worked out. I was surprised at how easy we ran that good of a time. It will be fun to watch the open 400 and the 4x400 final Saturday.”
The Saints will be active Friday in the long jump, mile, 400-meter prelim, pole vault, 1,000-meter prelim and 3,000.
Leah Esposito will be a name to watch out for in both the mile and 1,000. She enters nationals as the defending champion in both events.
Carroll should get strong performances out of its distance team, which features Samantha Mundel, ranked third in the 3,000-meter, and Janie Reid, who has the fifth-ranked time in the 5,000.
Terah Cundith also has the sixth-best mark in the pole vault and Hannah Porch is seventh in the long jump.
Carroll’s Chance Hyatt enters as the fifth-best runner in the mile and will be one to look out for in the prelims.
Chris Emter is ranked eighth in the shot put. The final for the event is on Saturday.
Day 2 of the meet begins with the heptathlon at 10 a.m.