Grahn, Blattner earn All-American honors

Southwestern College sophomore Bryce Grahn, left, and senior Kari Blattner pose with their All-American accolades at the conclusion of the three-day NAIA National Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. Grahn was runner-up in the 3,000 steeplechase, while Blattner placed eighth in the event.

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The Southwestern College track and field team concluded their stay Saturday at the NAIA National Championships.

Senior Manuel Gonzalez and sophomore Lexi Inscho both took part in the NAIA National marathon at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Gonzalez finished 33rd out of 60 athletes in 3 hours, 3 minutes, 2.6 seconds.

Inscho crossed the finish line shortly after, placing 28th in 3:46:55.85.

Later in the day and following her fifth-place finish on Thursday to qualify for the finals, senior Kari Blattner secured an eighth-place mark in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:17.14, earning All-American honors.

Sophomore Bryce Grahn flirted with first place in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, finishing as the National runner-up in 9:17.89, roughly three seconds behind first place and two seconds in front of third, netting Grahn NAIA All-American status.

“I am very pleased with our nationals team performances,” SC coach Tim Testa said. “It was a pleasure spending time with the kids over the past week. What a special group.”

Two Southwestern athletes competed Friday afternoon on Day 2.

Junior Josh Lewis finished 21st out of 27 competitors in the men’s 100-meter dash in 10.77 seconds, placing third in his heat.

Senior Darius Williams ended his Southwestern career in the high jump, but was unable to record a heaight.

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