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Pair of Clackamas Track & Field alum earns All-American honors at next level

Easton Christensen Becomes Concordia’s First NCAA DII Men’s Track & Field All-American

Easton Christensen

Photo by Kyle Nelson

KINGSVILLE, Texas ---- Easton Christensen became the first ever NCAA Division II All-American in Concordia men's track and field history as he placed sixth in the men's javelin in the final day of the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas.  Christensen had a throw of 65.35m (214-5) to earn All-American honors.

The senior thrower started his day with a throw of 49.73 (163-2) and came back with a throw of 59.20m (194-3) in his second attempt. Christensen was able to advance to the finals of the javelin with a throw of 65.35m (214-5) in his third attempt.  In his fourth attempt of the day, Christensen had a throw of 59.07m (193-9).  He fouled in his fifth attempt and had a throw of 60.31m (197-10) in his last attempt.  Christensen's throw of 65.35m (214-5) to earn him All-American honors and placed him sixth.

Christensen transferred to Concordia from Clackamas Community College, where he was an NWAC Champion his freshman season.

Coleman Garners All-American Award in Triple Jump for Warner Pacific

GULF SHORES, Ala. - Brittany Coleman saved her best performances of the season for both the qualifying round and the finals at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships on Friday at Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

Coleman entered the national meet with a personal best of 11.97m, the new all-time conference record she had just set at the Cascade Conference meet in Ashland two weeks ago. She eclipsed that mark on her first jump, hitting 11.99m, then again on her second jump with a 12.01m easily getting into the finals siting in 5th place overall.  In the finals, everyone else seemed to be tired from the earlier rounds while Coleman improved again with a new personal best jump of 12.08m (39' 7.75") to move up to 4th place overall, making her an All-American in the event.
 
"Brittany just brought her A game today, starting out right away with a great jump and improving a number of times as the competition went on.  It was great to see her hard work and solid preparation with Coach Anderson really pay off. This is a nice boost to the program as a whole and at the same time, it sets a high standard for Brittany to come back and beat next year, which she is already focused on doing,"  said Head Coach Randy Dalzell.
 
Coleman has two indoor and one outdoor seasons left to compete for WPU and she should be joined by some more teammates as the program has added a number of key recruits and looks to continue to build both the quality and numbers.
 
"We are really excited about some of the new recruits we have coming in and look forward to giving them great experiences like Brittany had coming to the national championships," added Coach Dalzell.

Previous College:
Competed two years at Clackamas Community College
(2x) All-American NWAC
Placed 2nd in Triple-Jump in 2016
Placed 1st in 4x100 relay in 2017


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