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Saints Send 23 to Indoor Track and Field Championship

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The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship kicks off Thursday evening for Carroll at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Northwest of Cleveland. The Saints enter the meet ranked 13th in the men's ranking and 11th on the women's side and are poised to compete for a top-ten finish.

"I am really excited about the way we stack up," head coach Harry Clark said. "We are a program on the rise and this is going to be a chance to show the rest of the country that we are a top-10 program."

Twelve Carroll women will compete in the meet, led by Leah Esposito. She qualified for five events but will compete in the 1,000 meter, 1 mile and as a member of the Distance Medley Relay team. Her best event is the 1,000 where she has the third best time in the nation. Rhianna Grossman has a strong chance to compete for an individual title in the 3,000 meter. She comes into the meet with the second-fastest time in the field. The Saints are bringing 11 men.

David Thor will compete in the mile where his time ranks third in the country and both 4x400 meter relay and the distance medley. Thor also qualified in the 800 meter but will skip that event to help the relay teams. All four relay teams will look to finish in the top ten. The men are ranked fifth in the DMR while the women come in with the third best time.

In the 4x400, the Carroll men are ranked 10th while the women are 16th. "The relay teams have the potential to compete at this level," Clark said. "I think there is a lot of potential to see the fastest times of the season in these four events." The meet starts Thursday evening and will be broadcast via the NAIA's partnership with Stretch Internet.

The Saints begin at 6:30 p.m. with the prelims of the 4x400 relay followed by the prelims of the DMR. The individual events begin Friday.

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