Three Bulldogs reach NAIA National automatic qualifying standards
Sophomore Jamie Crouse (Belgrade, Neb.), senior Lauren Eickemeyer (Houston, Texas) and senior Derek Rodine (Polk, Neb.) each reached an NAIA automatic qualifying standard as the Bulldogs competed in the Wildcat Invite on Saturday, March 31.
Crouse broke the Concordia University, Nebraska, school record in the hammer throw with a 53.35m toss. Crouse's effort was fourth overall at the Wildcat Invite, but it easily surpassed the automatic qualifying mark for the NAIA National Championships of 53.00m.
Eickemeyer and Rodine each qualified for the NAIA National Championships in the shot put event. Eickemeyer's throw of 13.51m eclipsed the necessary distance of 13.50 to qualify and placed her fourth overall at the Wildcat Invite. Rodine finished second for the men in the shot put with a toss of 15.64m; he needed 15.54m to qualify for nationals.