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POCATELLO, Idaho -- Only four Saints competed in the first day of the Snake River Open at Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University on Friday, but Crystal Schmidt and Bethany Lacock both hit NAIA qualifying marks in the pentathlon while going 1-2 in the college division. Nolan Hofstee, meanwhile, leads the College Division after four events of heptathlon.

Schmidt took first in the college division with a score of 3,257 points, good enough for the third-best performance in the NAIA this season. Lacock finished second with a score of 3,066, the sixth-best NAIA performance so far.

Ember Drivdahl finished third with a score of 2,612, short of the NAIA qualifying mark of 2,850, but with a strong performance for a freshman in her first-ever multi-event meet.

Schmidt’s score would have earned a fourth-place finish in the University Division, but Carroll coach Harry Clark believes she has just scratched the surface.

“This is a 700-point PR for her, but she is really just getting going,” Clark said. “It was a lot of fun to watch, but she didn’t perform very well in the high jump or the shot put. I think she can really go into the 3,600 range, which is going to put her right in the mix for the title at nationals.”

Drivdahl’s performance wasn’t enough for an NAIA qualifying score, but with another shot to hit the mark in February on the same track Clark believes that she can get close to hitting the mark.

“You look at where she was today and it was really close to where Crystal and Bethany were last year,” Clark said. “She has some time to get to work but we would love to have three at nationals in the pentathlon.”

Hofstee sits in first in the College Division with a first-day total of 2,483. He needs to average 555 points per event to hit the NAIA qualifying mark. He averaged 620 per event over the first four. He would be sitting eighth in the University Division.

The final three events of the heptathlon take place Saturday morning. The full contingent of Saints will compete in the meet on Saturday as well, with field events beginning at 9:15 a.m.

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