Spencer, Adams qualify for for NAIA Track and Field Championships

Spencer, Adams qualify for for NAIA Track and Field Championships

Spencer finished first in Athens in women’s half-marathon; Adams takes second on men’s side


Athens, Ohio – Kate Spencer and Steven Adams both qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the half-marathon on Sunday at the Athens, Ohio Marathon.

Spencer would finish first overall in the women’s half-marathon in Athens on Sunday, besting 464 runners in the event. She finished with a time of 1:28:03, nearly a full two minutes ahead of the NAIA’s national “A” standard of 1:30:00. Spencer’s qualification for the NAIA National Championships is the first of her career.

Adams would also have a strong finish in Athens, placing second in the men’s half-marathon. Adams finished the race in 1:13:40, beating the NAIA’s national “B” standard by over a minute and missing the “A” standard by a mere 10 seconds.

Spencer and Adams join a group of Bears who have qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Seth Farmer (1500-meter), Brooke Smith (1500-meter, 5000-meter), Anna Havranek (10,000-meter) and Alyssa Taylor (10,000-meter) have all qualified for the championship meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Shawnee State track and field returns to action this weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic and the Otterbein Twilight Invitational.

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