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Sioux City, Iowa – The Black Hills State track and field team sent ten distance runners, five, men and five women, to compete at the Sioux City Relays.  The group had four automatic and two provisional qualifiers for the NAIA Outdoor Championships.

Junior Wendy O'Lexey won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:56.15.  Her time ranks her fifth in the NAIA. Also, O’Lexey broke the Black Hills State record held by Nikki Underwood.  Freshman Abi Bever was an automatic qualifier for the national meet running 11:27.32 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  Fellow freshman Leigh Anne Whiteside ran 18:36.32 in the 5,000-meter run.  Senior Katie Cook placed third in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 39:40.08.

On the men’s side, senior Cody Bordewyk and sophomore Laine Parish automatically qualified for the 5,000-meter run.  Junior K.C. Fiedler placed sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase running 9:32.52, provisionally qualifying him for the national meet.  Junior Neil Long ran 15:10.62 in the 5,000-meter run also hitting the national provisional mark.  Senior Birch Haraden placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:59.83.

For more information on Black Hills State Athletics, visit www.BHSU.edu/Athletics.