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Two Bruins earn All-American honors at national championships

DIII track and field — Charity Arn finishes fifth in the heptathlon and Rachel Kraske seventh in the 400 hurdles at the DIII national championships


DELAWARE, Ohio — Leading the largest contingent George Fox has ever sent to the NCAA DIII national championships, Charity Arn and Rachel Kraske both received All-America honors by earning podium finishes last week at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Arn scored 4,986 points May 22 to place fifth in the heptathlon, with Kraske clocking a 1:02.14 to take seventh in the 400 hurdles Saturday.

Together, the pair scored six points to place George Fox in an eight-way tie for 42nd in the team standings.

Wartburg College claimed the national championship with 65 points, edging the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 63.

Arn topped her previous best score of 4,710 points to move into second-place all-time in GFU history behind 2012 national champion Alexis Arnold, while teammate Maria Green placed ninth with 4,706 points.

In all events, Arn was first in the high jump (5-6.5), fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.75), 13th in the shot put (33-9.5), 18th in the 200 (26.98), eighth in the long jump (16-9.75), seventh in the javelin (114-2) and 11th in the 800 (2:24.98).

Green won the javelin (132-4), tied for third in the high jump (5-4.25), was 22nd in the 100 hurdles (16.09), eighth in the shot put (36-0.25), 15th in the 200 (26.75), third in the long jump (17-1.25) and 21st in the 800 (2:36.46).

Kraske, the Bruins’ record holder in the 400 hurdles with a 1:00.70, had earned a spot in the finals by running a 1:00.74 May 22, the fifth-best time in the preliminaries, but settled for seventh after her 1:02.14 in the finals.

Two other Bruins missed out on All-American status competing in preliminaries on the opening day of competition May 22, as Alyssa Turner placed ninth in the 400 hurdle preliminaries (1:01.63) and Asia Greene took 10th in the long jump (18-2.5), finishing just a quarter of an inch out of eighth place.

Emily Painter also competed on the opening day, finishing 18th in the 10,000 in 37:47.57. Competing on Saturday, Rachael Adkins placed 22nd in the triple jump, clearing 35-9.5.

On the men’s side, Arick Morrell’s best mark of 178-10 left him in 16th in the hammer throw and Will Lawrence was 17th in the 800 in 1:54.51.



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