Luke Diehl and Joel Sanders joined six other Foresters in having met qualifying standards to compete in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri May 22-24.
Sanders finished fourth of 46 runners in the 800 meter run at the North Central College Invitational with a time of 1:53.58 to qualify and Diehl met the standard with a 9:36.28 time in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Two other HU athletes improved their previous qualifying marks at the invitational. Lucas Beach added nearly two and a half feet to his season best with a toss of 53-04.50 to win the shot put event. Lauren Davenport took approximately two seconds off her best time in the 400 hurdles with her fourth place finish in 1:03.67.
Those four join Nick Johnson (5000 meter run), Dan Lindbloom (3000 meter steeplechase), Joseph Njeri (10,000 meter run) and Bethany McGraw (long jump) on the list of Foresters that will be heading to St. Louis to participate in the national event.
Other Forester competitors at the North Central College invite included Davenport (800m, 11th, 2:19.30), Nick Johnson (1500m, 20th, 4:01.31) and Dan Lindbloom (steeplechase, 15th, 9:23.52).