HERMISTON — TJ Wright, Garrett Kraal and the 4x100-meter relay team each scored second-place points for the Northwest Christian men after the first day of the Cascade Collegiate Conference track and field championships Friday.
Wright ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9 minutes, 12.81 seconds, but was nipped at the finish by Southern Oregon's Kevin Poteracke, who was just .06 seconds faster (9:12.75). Kraal was second in the 1,500 (3:56.22) and the relay (41.69) was second to SOU (41.42) but made the provisional qualifying time for the NAIA championships. Eastern Oregon leads the nine-team men's field with 106 points. NCU is sixth with 31.
On the women's side, Christy Seaton (100 hurdles, 15.51) and Megan Van Marter (high jump, 5 feet, 3 inches) each scored second-place points for NCU, and Abigail Spencer (long jump, 17-6¾) and Anika Rasubala (3,000 steeplechase, 11:18.70) each finished third. Rasubala made the provisional time for the NAIAs. College of Idaho leads after the first day with 120½ points. The Beacons are sixth with 41 points.