BORTZ EARNS SECOND IN HAMMER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Senior Dirk Bortz broke the Eastern Oregon University record in the hammer throw for the fifth time this season, earning second place Thursday in the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Meanwhile, EOU's Stephanie Colkitt advanced to the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Bortz's toss of 194 feet eclipsed his record of 191 feet, 2 inches. By finishing second, Bortz (Bonners Ferry, Idaho) earned All-American distinction. He was the Cascade Collegiate Conference champion in the hammer throw.
Junior Adam Cooper (Riverbank, Calif.) went into the hammer throw ranked sixth, but struggled to a 17th-place finish. His best throw of 155-6 was well short of his season's best of 177-3/4.
Senior Eric Griffiths (Hubbard) ran to 12th place in the 10,000-meter run. He went in with a season's best of 30:37; his time Thursday was 31:52.31.
Eric Griffith, an EOU junior from La Grande, finished the day in 14th place in the decathlon with 3,086 points. Griffith's best finish the first day was a fourth place in the high jump (6-3 1/4).
In the women's hammer throw, junior Chelsey Wheelhouse (Glenwood, Wash.) was 15th (145-5).
Colkitt, a junior from Union, ran a time of 11:31.51 for fifth in her heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She will be in a 14-athlete field in Saturday's finals.
EOU will have only two athletes competing today. Griffith will compete in five events to finish the decathlon. Griffiths hopes to cap his collegiate career with a strong finish in the 5,000-meter run.
Saturday, Bortz goes for All-American honors in the discus. Senior Ian Schroeder (Milwaukie) competes in the 1,500.