The NAIA has officially announced the complete entry list for the upcoming track and field national championships, and the list includes a former Astoria Fisherman.
Tim Barnett, a freshman at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, is one of a school-record 14 athletes from OIT who will make the trip to nationals, scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday.
This year’s NAIA championship meet will take place at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where approximately 127 schools will compete for the national title.
Oregon Tech will be represented by seven men and seven women athletes, while Barnett is one of three freshman who will compete for the Owls.
The former Astoria athlete had a busy two days in the recent Cascade Collegiate Conference championship meet, May 10-11 in Ashland.
His best finish was in the shot put, where he had a toss of 14.34 meters (just over 47 feet) for fourth place and five team points.
Barnett added a fifth-place showing in the discus (44.90 meters, or 147 feet, 4 inches), and seventh in the javelin (53.96).
And it was the javelin in which Barnett qualified for nationals, where he will be seeded 27th going into the meet.
OIT also happens to have the defending national champion in the javelin, in sophomore Hunter Drops.
Hinton helps Bearcats to record finish
Seaside graduate Sam Hinton, now a senior at Willamette University, tied for 32nd overall in the individual standings of the NCAA Division III men’s golf championships at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Final round action took place May 17.
Willamette finished 13th in the team standings, in its first trip to the NCAA Division III championships. It was also the best-ever finish at a national championship event for the Bearcats in men’s golf.
Hinton finished in a six-way tie with an overall score of 302. He earned Willamette’s low round of the tournament with a 71 in the second round, and carded a 77 in the first, third and fourth rounds.
Senior teammate Kenneth Sheldon, from Ilwaco, shot 315 during the championships. Sheldon shot 77, 81, 79 and 78.
The final round included two eagles for Willamette, both by the local golfers. Sheldon recorded a three on the par-5, 552-yard 14th hole. Hinton, who had an eagle on the 14th hole in Thursday’s round, added an eagle three on the par-5, 515-yard sixth hole Friday.
Besides Barnett and Hinton, other locals competing at the collegiate level this spring:
Jackson Arnsdorf, sophomore, Corban baseball: Started three games for the Warriors, and finished his sophomore season with a 3-4 record, with two saves.
Natalie Cummings, sophomore, Portland State track.
Fridtjof Fremstad, sophomore, Linn-Benton baseball: In 34 games, hitting .304 (31-102) with 24 runs scored, four doubles and 16 RBIs. As a first baseman/third baseman, has a .976 fielding percentage and assisted in 13 double plays, with a team-leading 175 putouts. Was recently named second team all-conference.
Darian Hageman, freshman, Oregon State track: Not competing this spring, but Hageman had three of Oregon State’s top seven jumps in the triple jump in the indoor season, including a 36-4 in the Don Kirby Classic.
Trey Hageman, freshman, Linn-Benton baseball: Batting .255, with 12 hits (three doubles) and eight RBIs. Splits time at first base with Fremstad.
Halie Korff, junior, Western Oregon track.
McKailyn Rogers, freshman, Mt. Hood softball.
Kyle Strange, freshman, Lane CC baseball.
Jackson Kunde, freshman, SW Oregon golf.
Brad Rzewnicki, sophomore, Gonzaga track.
Danielle (Willyard) Buhler, junior, NW Christian track.
Laura (Sibley) Lovell, Linfield assistant track coach.
Niqui Blodgett (Jewell HS), freshman, George Fox softball.
Reuben Acosta Cruz, freshman, Linn-Benton baseball.
Devin Lewis-Allen, senior, Eastern Oregon track: At the recent Cascade Collegiate Conference championships in Ashland, Lewis-Allen led the EOU men’s team with a second-place finish in the 400 meters, despite running with a sore calf muscle. He crossed the finish line in 49.20 seconds to earn all-CCC honors.
Kaleb Miller, freshman, Clark baseball.
Dale Takalo, freshman, Blue Mountain baseball: Has made 15 appearances on the mound for the Timberwolves, with a 9.17 earned run average. Has allowed 25 hits and 18 runs in 17.2 innings pitched, with seven strikeouts and six walks.
Kenneth Sheldon, senior, Willamette golf.
College athletes from regional schools:
Kindel Bailey, senior, Oregon State track.
Jade Cain, sophomore, Pacific track.
Mackenzie Davis, freshman, Clark softball.
Lucas Hidalgo, junior, Eastern Oregon track.
Casey McGough, sophomore, Clackamas baseball.
MaKenna Partain, junior, U. of Minnesota softball.
Katie Ragsdale, sophomore, Clackamas softball.
Dalton Renne, freshman, Chemeketa baseball.
Jakob Sandhagen, junior, Eastern Oregon track.
Mary Schorn, sophomore, Clark softball.
Dallin Shurts, sophomore, Brigham Young track.
Shakayla Snyder, sophomore, Linfield softball.
Codi Blodgett, senior, Western Oregon track.
German George, sophomore, Oregon Tech baseball.
Mazie Martin, sophomore, SW Oregon track.
Bryce Bridge, freshman, Chemeketa baseball.
Tea Chatelain, sophomore, NW Christian track.
Cole Strober, freshman, Pacific track.
Kami Gray, sophomore, Lower Columbia softball.
Johnathan Guisinger, sophomore, George Fox track.
Sarah Probasco, junior, Corban softball.
Shelby Saylors, senior, Linfield softball.
Haley Schimmel, sophomore, Portland State softball.
Mason Schimmel, sophomore, Sterling baseball.
Dan Carrier, senior, NW Christian track.
Hadley Enos, freshman, Mt. Hood softball.
Hannah Galey, freshman, Oregon softball.
J.C. Gross, freshman, George Fox baseball.
Hunter Holmason, sophomore, Saint Martin’s baseball.
John Kavulich, freshman, U. of Portland track.
Linnaea Kavulich, freshman, Portland State track.
Olivia McDaniel, senior, Linfield track.
Phoebe Brown, freshman, Portland State track.
Estefania Deniz, freshman, Pacific track.
Andrew Jenck, sophomore, U. of Portland track.
Kara Putman, freshman, Pacific track.
Makoa Nakamura, sophomore, Pacific baseball.